A new Siem Reap international airport is nearing completion and is expected to open to flights as Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport on 16th October 2023.
The new airport is located 50 km (31 miles) in Sotr Nikum district, southeast of Siem Reap, around 40 km (25 mi) from Angkor Wat and is being built in three phases. The existing airport is much closer to town, but the increase in visitors requires the construction of the new facility, which will be able to handle 5–7 million passengers annually.
The move to Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport
AirAsia will relocate to their operations to Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport (SAI) in line with the opening on 16th October 2023. The airline will utilise 16 check-in counters at the terminal at Row C01-C16, which will make the check-in process faster and smoother.
The first AirAsia flights to land at the new airport are expected to be AirAsia Malaysia flights AK542 and AK540 from Kuala Lumpur, followed by Thai AirAsia flights FD610, FD614 and FD618. Passengers on these flights will receive a notification from the airline before their scheduled departure date to inform them of the changes. Do make sure your details are correct as the notification will be sent to the contact details included during the booking.
Convenience for passengers and cargo
The facilities at the new airport will provide an initial capacity to process up to seven million passengers annually increasing to 20 million passengers annually by 2050. The airport’s ground floor is accessible to various transportation options including transfer buses, car rentals and taxis. There is no train service. Similar growth is seen for cargo traffic in line with planned expansions to the airport.
Departing from the new airport
Travellers departing from the new airport are advised to check-in online via the airasia Superapp which is available from 14 days out, up to 1 hour before the scheduled departure time. You can reprint your boarding pass at the counter. If you have check in baggage, you should arrive at the airport at least three hours before the scheduled departure time to allow smooth check-in procedures.
There are lots of things to do in and around Siem Reap and you will need about 3 days alone to visit the various temples of the ancient Kingdom. For more information about the move, please refer to AirAsia’s Frequently Asked Questions.