The event coincides with a period during which the airport experiences one of its busiest times of the year when the number of tourists visiting Siem Reap, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archeological Complex, usually gains steam.
In 2014, passenger throughput at Siem Reap International Airport should record a 13% increase compared to the previous year.
Emmanuel Menanteau, CEO of Cambodia Airports, says: “Two year ago nearly to this day, Siem Reap Airport welcomed its 2 millionth passenger and it has now started a new chapter in its history by passing the three million mark.
"The next coming challenge is to complete the extension of the terminal so that the airport can accommodate over five million passengers a year.”
To cope with the steady increase of passengers, operator Cambodia Airports has launched in January 2014 an upgrading programme to significantly expand the airport’s terminal and double its capacity.
The commissioning of the new facilities is scheduled in early 2016.