Maldives, Cambodia mull direct flight connection
Cambodia and the Maldives are discussing the possibility of establishing direct flights.
According to the tourism ministry, Cambodia and the Maldives are considering launching direct flights between the two countries to promote travel, tourism cooperation, and other forms of mutual support, as well as to provide a much-needed boost to the beleaguered hospitality industry following two years of Covid-19.
Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, met with Mohamed Jinah, the newly-minted Maldivian ambassador to Cambodia with residence in Bangkok, at the tourism ministry on April 26, according to a Cabinet-level agency statement on April 27.
During the meeting, the Ambassador praised Cambodia’s efforts to combat Covid-19, including the vaccination campaign, as well as the country’s important role as ASEAN chair this year.
Minister Khon thanked the Maldives government for sending tourism officials to participate in regional events and meetings hosted by Cambodia, particularly in 2019.
Both parties also agreed to draft a memorandum of understanding on bilateral tourism cooperation and to sign the Air Service Agreement to pave the way for greater tourism cooperation.
Minister Khon also expressed confidence that the Maldives’ government will assist Cambodia in organizing a World Tourism Organization meeting in Asia-Pacific and East Asia in 2023.