The Cambodian National Assembly has
approved a draft law that will open up the kingdom’s air space, according to
the Phnom Penh Post. The fifth freedom of the air is a commercial aviation
right that allows airlines to stopover in Cambodia on scheduled flights between
Sinn Chanserey Vutha, spokesperson for the
State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) said the fifth freedom will “improve
air connectivity, increase air traffic and lead to better service quality”.
“This will help us to open new markets and attract airline companies,
encouraging them to fly to our country,” he added.
Other commentators have expressed optimism
that the change in law will benefit both the aviation sector and the wider
The fifth freedom was introduced as part of
the ASEAN Open Skies policy, a set of multilateral agreements to liberalise
airfreight and passenger services with the aim of promoting the growth of
aviation and tourism in the region.