University students take part in the campaign “Think together, act together to end violence against women and girls” last year. KT/ Pann Rachana

Japanese airline company All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced it will resume the scheduling of two direct flights per week from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to Phnom Penh International Airport between Dec 1, 2020 and Jan 31, 2021.

The resumption was attributed to the strengthening of quarantine measures in each region, changes in immigration conditions and other precautions being implemented, as well as an increased demand in travel over the traditional holiday period.

According to the airline, the two round trip flights each week will depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has a capacity of 184 people.

The flights will depart from Narita at 4pm, arriving in Phnom Penh at 9pm, and depart Phnom Penh at 10:50pm, arriving in Narita at 06:40+1am.

According to the company’s website, one-way class fares have been set at $719 for economy and $1,507 for business.

In addition, ANA will also increase the number of flights serving the Narita to Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon corridors

According to the company’s full statement released yesterday All Nippon Airways will temporarily change flight frequency to select cities in Asia, Europe and North America.

“Based on changes to immigration guidelines, recently instituted public health quarantine measures and passenger demand, the company has adjusted its flight schedules from December to January for select routes,” it said.

“ANA will continue to monitor local immigration restrictions and quarantine guidelines as well as demand trends and travel viability as it decides on the frequency of flights and when to resume certain routes,” it added.

According to the data released by Cambodia Airports, October passenger traffic is currently down 92 percent at the Phnom Penh International Airport (37,908 people) compared with the same month last year, with year-to-date passenger traffic down 74.2 percent (1,271,000 passengers) compared with 2019.

The pandemic has affected bilateral trade between Cambodia and Japan. Worth $1.548 billion in the third quarter of 2020, it is down 25 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the Japan External Trade Organisation.

Under current Ministry of Health requirements, all foreigners must get a visa from a Cambodian embassy and passengers must be tested within 72 hours of their departure.

Everyone, including Cambodian nationals, are tested upon arrival at the airport, quarantined and tested again after 13 days.