facilitate through strategic planning and effective regulation and expert
advice that are independent of the operation of the civil aviation infrastructure
in Cambodia based on sound professional, financial and commercial principles
and to enable the civil aviation system to best meet the needs of its
users and society in terms of standards of safety, security, quality
and cost effectiveness, in a sustainable manner”.
goals and objective for Cambodia’s civil aviation sector is to
provide safe, secure, efficient and quality and cost-effective services
air transportation services for the nation, internationally and domestically,
at international standards of performance, and to maximize the sector’s
vital contribution to Cambodia’s economic and social growth and
development and international, regional, sub-regional cooperation.
Safety and security
first and fundamental principle of the civil aviation sector of Cambodia
shall be to deliver air transportation services that are safe and secure.
Policymakers, service providers and regulators shall constantly strive
to guarantee the Cambodia traveling public, foreign visitors and shippers
levels of safety and security in air transportation that are consistent
with minimum international standards.
International Civil Aviation Organization commitments
Government of Cambodia shall ensure that the organization, operation,
management and development of the nation’s civil aviation sector
institutions, infrastructure and services conform to all of Cambodia’s
obligations to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),
namely ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.
Access to air transport.
air transport provides vital, links to economic markets of highest economic
importance to Cambodia (e.g., global tourism). Development of expanded,
efficient and high-quality air transport services for passengers and
cargo shall therefore be Cambodia’s highest international transportation
policy priority. Domestically, air is but one of several competing transport
modes, and involves like for road and rail networks heavy investment
costs in a capital scarce economy. The domestic policy priority shall
therefore be to achieve balanced air and ground transport development.
This shall concentrate access to air transport on the populations that
need it most (“social access and mobility”), because of
the distance constraints and special requirements (e.g., emergency,
health and education service needs) that these populations face. The
policy shall also improve selected domestic air services aimed at growth
Ownership of aviation infrastructure (Airports and ANS infrastructure)
ownership and control of basic airport infrastructure and aeronautical
navigation services infrastructure shall remain with the Government
of Cambodia. However, to realize efficiency gains for users and to obtain
new sources of investment funds, the Government of Cambodia shall over
time seek to establish Public Private Participation (PPP) in the operation,
maintenance, management and development of these facilities.
Private Sector Participation and privatization in civil aviation
Private Sector Participation (PSP) shall be Cambodia’s basic strategy
for providing services in civil aviation. Under this approach private
firms shall take the lead in operating and maintaining delivery of direct
air transportation services, as well as indirect supporting services
for the civil aviation sector.
The Government will aim at ensuring adequate international class airport
infrastructure capacity in accordance with demand, ensuring maximum
utilization of available capacities and efficiently managing the airport
infrastructure by increasing involvement of private sector.
1. Private sector participation will be a major thrust
area in the civil aviation sector for promoting investment, improving
quality and efficiency and increasing competition.
2. Competitive regulatory framework with adapted controls
will be created to encourage entry and operation of private airlines/
3. Private sector investment in the construction/ upgradations/
operation of new as well as existing airports including cargo related
infrastructure will be encouraged.
4. Training Institutes for pilots, flight engineers,
maintenance personnel, air-traffic controller, and security will be
encouraged in private sector.
5. Private sector investment in non-aeronautical activities
like shopping complex, golf course, entertainment park, aero-sports
etc. near airports will be encouraged to increase revenue, improve viability
of airports and to promote tourism. SSCA will ensure that this is not
at the cost of primary aeronautical functions, and is consistent with
the safety and security requirements.
6. Government will encourage employee participation
through issue of shares.
Public investments in civil aviation infrastructure
Government-funded and/or Foreign-loaned capital projects in civil aviation
infrastructure shall be subject to rigorous, full-cost financial and
economic analysis. Except in exceptional circumstances, no such project
shall be accepted unless it is projected to break even on a financial
basis. The only exception to this policy principle shall be those projects
where very compelling but non-quantifiable civil aviation safety and/or
economic and social development reasons can be clearly demonstrated
for implementing below break-even projects. In these cases, a least-cost
analysis for project design shall be adopted, and a detailed analysis
of annual Government subsidy requirements shall be developed.
7. Information technology plan
The government shall give thrust on use of Information technology in
all aspects of civil aviation sector. Each organization shall have time-bound
IT action plan.
1. The following information shall be made available
by SSCA on internet
• Policies/ Rules/ Regulations related to aviation sector,
• Status of various pending proposal and applications,
2. Increasing use of Intranet/ video-conferencing facilities
for consultation for quick decision making and reducing administrative
3. In the national carriers, revenue yield management
systems will be increasingly used for flexible tariffs and maximization
4. Internet based flight reservation, inquiry and status
information system will be introduced.
5. There will be web-site for all major airports where
information required by various users like passenger facilitation ,transport
facilities to and from city, duty free shops, car parking, cargo, guide
map etc. will be available,
6. Electronic data interchange (EDI) system will be
introduced in cargo terminals linking all stakeholders for quick transactions
and availability of latest information about the status of cargo movement.
In order to address the challenges facing the SSCA and to help the organization
to focus and prioritize the best way to deliver on its vision and mission,
the SSCA has reviewed and updated its key strategic objectives. These
strategic objectives are set out below:
To develop, recommend and coordinate a liberal, competition of growth-oriented
• To develop, plan and maintain an efficient, economical, safe
and secure air transportation system,
• To advise and assist government on policy options based on efficiency,
competitiveness, safety and security, environmental sustainability of
civil aviation system.
• To develop air transport as an important foreign exchange tool
in the services sector.
• To establish a transparent and fair legal and regulatory regime
based on robust principles and processes.
• To develop a comprehensive network of aviation infrastructure
to facilitate trade, tourism and accelerate socio-economic development
and poverty reduction.
• To integrate and harmonize ASEAN / GMS / CLMV Open Sky Policy
• To develop, recommend and coordinate aviation-related modal
and multi-modal policies.
• To support national endeavor for rural development, promotion
of tourism and thereby contribute to national economic development.
• To support and promote restructuring/re-engineering SSCA from
a single centrally-controlled Government agency into decentralized and
deconcentrated Civil Aviation function with a separated entities responsible
for the functions of regulation and operation.
• To develop human resources and capacity building to support
the specialized economic and technical requirements of aviation,
• To promote increased public private participation in the development
of airports and aviation services in Cambodia.
• To develop information technology, meteorological information
and statistical data system and surveys.