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Government Inks Deal on National Airline

Cambodia has signed an agreement with an Indonesian company to bring back a national airline, following the bankruptcy of Royal Air Cambodge in 2001.

The government signed a deal with the Rajawali Group, which plans to invest $50 million in a 49 percent stake in the airline, according to a joint statement Thursday.

The advent of a national carried is hoped to bring a rapid increase in tourism, Council Minister Sok An said in the statement.

Cambodia saw more than 2 million visitors in 2007, and the government expects 3 million by 2010 and 5 million by 2015.