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Airports Expect More Passengers Next Year

Passengers arriving to Cambodia by air are expected to increase by around 5 percent in 2010, the country's airport management company said Wednesday.

"In the past month or two, we can really feel that there is an improvement in the economic climate of the country," Nicolas Deviller, CEO of Societe Concessionaire de l'Aeroport, which operates Cambodia's airports, told reporters.

The number of flights to Cambodia is also expected to increase next year, by about 2.5 percent, he said.

Kong Sophearak, director of the Ministry of Tourism's statistics and information department, said the ministry expected a similar increase. This will be due in part to the addition of a national Cambodian carrier, Angkor Air, and new routes from foreign companies.

The ministry expects the number of visitors to reach 2.35 million in 2010, up from 2.12 million in 2008.