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Emirates's cargo unit launches new Cambodia route

New freighter service to Phnom Penh is its 53rd destination globally and the 13th in the Far East

Emirates's cargo unit launches new Cambodia route

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, has further strengthened its route network with the launch of a weekly freighter service to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The new freighter service to Cambodia’s capital is the carrier’s 53rd destination in its worldwide freighter network and the 13th in the Far East.

From Phnom Penh, cargo will be transported via a trucking network to reach other cities and regions in Cambodia, the airline said in a statement.

Hiran Perera, senior vice president, Emirates SkyCargo, said: “Cambodia’s air cargo market is growing at a robust rate with Europe and the United States being key export markets.

"Establishing a presence in this market will position Emirates SkyCargo to benefit from the healthy growth potential."

According to Cambodia Airports, which manages the country’s three international airports, the volume of air freight shipments to and from Cambodia increased 14 percent in 2015 to 38,065 tonnes.

The main imports to Cambodia are expected to include fabric and leather while the main exports are textiles and garments.

Emirates SkyCargo has started its service with an MD11 freighter aircraft, providing capacity for 80 tonnes of cargo.

In addition to belly-hold cargo services on Emirates’ fleet of 236 aircraft, Emirates SkyCargo has a fleet of 15 freighters, comprising 13 Boeing 777Fs and two Boeing 747-400 ERFs that operate from their base at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport.

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