Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia recently underwent a major expansion to cater to the increasing number of tourists and business travellers.

The expansion airport was carried out by VINCI Airports in partnership with Muhibbah Masteron, under a 45-year concession agreement with the Cambodian government. The expansion will support Cambodia’s economic and tourism growth.

The airport handled 3.4 million passengers and saw 33,435 aircraft movements in 2016.

Details of Phnom Penh airport upgrade

Cambodia Airports launched an upgrade programme at Phnom Penh International Airport in early 2013 to increase the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity to seven million passengers.

The programme included construction of a new passenger terminal and renovation of the existing terminal building.

VINCI Construction Grands Projects, in co-operation with Muhibbah, conducted design studies and building work over a period of more than four years.

The project was implemented in two phases, with phase one completed as part of a $100m-worth airport renovation programme from early 2013 to March 2016.

The second phase was initiated in July 2016 with an investment of $26m and completed in December 2017.

Details of the new terminal building at Phnom Penh

A new passenger terminal at Phnom Penh international airport was built with modern facilities and services to meet the current and future passenger demands. The terminal has a total surface area of 31,000m².

VINCI Airports designed and built the new terminal building structures using state-of-the-art building information modelling technology to improve safety and efficiency.

A new 1,400m² international standard business lounge named Plazza Premium Lounge was built to serve the premium passengers.

Advanced X-ray baggage scanners with a highly sophisticated system were installed for detecting and neutralising explosives in hand luggage.

A new wastewater treatment plant was installed at the airport to clean wastewater, including a centrifuging system and an odour abatement unit.

“More than 10,000m² of space was added to the existing terminal at Phnom Penh international airport to ease passenger movement.”

Other systems installed at the new terminal include new check-in desks, baggage conveyor system, additional immigration counters, duty-free and retail stores, as well as food and beverage outlets.

Expansion of the existing passenger terminal

More than 10,000m² of space was added to the existing terminal at Phnom Penh international airport to ease passenger movement.

A new arrivals hall with two new conveyor belts was built to ensure the timely delivery of baggage for arriving passengers. A spacious esplanade with a statue featuring Khmer symbols was created at the arrivals exit area.

The arrivals hall also features new food and beverage outlets, and information and telecommunication kiosks.

The upgrade project also included the expansion of domestic departure concourse at the existing terminal. Featuring modular design, the departure lounge can be modified to cater international passengers.

Two more passenger boarding gates were installed to ease passenger flow at the departure hall.

Other areas of the terminal were fully renovated to enhance the passenger comfort.

Contractors involved

Arup was selected by Cambodia Airports to provide specialist consultancy services for the airport expansion and renovation works.

The work included detailed design services for airport check-in and departure controls, information and communications technology (ICT), management, baggage handling, and security systems.