Aug 02, 2016: DHL Express launched a new flight service between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, one of its hubs in Asia Pacific. The new route will help meet rising import and export demands in Cambodia, especially in high-growth industries such as garment and construction.
The service, operated by K-Mile Air, runs five times a week using a Boeing B737-400F freighter with a gross payload of 19 tonnes.
This express freighter service, the first operating to and from Phnom Penh, adds to the existing DHL Express flights between its hubs in Bangkok and Singapore, extending the Cambodian capital’s trade ties to more markets globally.
“Trade between Cambodia and Thailand reached $5.1 billion in 2015, and the country also imported $1.05 billion worth of goods from Singapore in 2014,” said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific.
“By improving inbound and outbound capacities from markets like Thailand and Singapore where our hubs are located, we are confident that this new flight will further develop Cambodia’s market. With our extensive air network, this dedicated service will enhance the country’s global connectivity and trade relations.”
With the new scheduled services between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, the new DHL service gives Cambodian exporters constant access to its global network spanning 220 countries and territories.
Bangkok is one of four hubs for DHL Express in Asia Pacific — which collectively utilise 20 Intra-Asia dedicated aircraft and 820 daily flights to move customer goods around the world.
Cambodia’s economy expanded approximately 7 percent in 2015. Its logistics capabilities are also rising.
Between 2010 and 2016, the country rose 56 places in the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index to 73rd place.
“Cambodia is fast becoming an important trading player in Southeast Asia and the demand for movement of goods will grow in tandem,” said Sean Wall, executive vice president, Network Operations and Aviation, DHL Express Asia Pacific.