The New Phnom Penh Airport, which has recently been renamed as the TechoTakhmao International Airport, is the planned new airport to serve Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It will replace the current airport for commercial flights, while the old airport will be used for “the head of state, heads of local governments and Cambodian senior leaders, as a military airbase, for domestic flights, private jets and for diplomatic officials and foreign leaders.”
The new airport site is located about 30-40km south of the city in Kandal province on former farmland and reclaimed land from a lake.
The total land for the airport and development area is 2,600 hectares, making it one of the biggest airports in the world by land size. The actual airport land is 700 hectares, and the airport is not planned to be a mega-airport like Long Thanh Airport (Vietnam) or New Manila Airport (Philippines).
A new airport was first hinted at in 2016 when plans for the current airports expansion were halted. The project was officially announced in January 2018, and construction began in 2019. There have been varying completion dates, with 2025 being the latest estimated completion year.
As of December 2021, the construction project of the airport has reached 27% completion, on track to start operation by 2023.
On 4 March 2022, Hattha Bank Plc has invested $15 million in guaranteed bonds of the Cambodia Airport Investment Co., Ltd. (CAIC) to fund the development of the Techo International Airport.
This constrution promises to bring many contributions to the development of tourism, trade, transport and other economic sectors of Cambodia.