Phnom Penh will be Qatar Airways’ latest destination in Asia, which now represents around 30 per cent of the carrier’s 119-strong network of global cities. Its Asian coverage includes diverse business and leisure cities such as Hong Kong, Hanoi, Osaka, Tokyo, Perth, Beijing, Shanghai, Melbourne, Perth, Delhi, Mumbai, Karachi and Goa. Phnom Penh will also be Qatar Airways’ 11th gateway in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), following on from successful operations to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Hanoi, Singapore, Manila, Phuket and Yangon. Cambodia attracts millions of tourists and business to enjoy Cambodia holiday every year visiting historic attractions such as the majestic Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and the premier beach island resort of Sihanoukville – both within easy reach of the fabulous city of Phnom Penh. Being charming oriental city located on the banks of the Mekong River and bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s largest city and the country’s economic, cultural and political center. Qatar Airways will operate to Phnom Penh International Airport which is currently undergoing expansion to cater for increased capacity to handle five million passengers a year by 2017 – more than double the current amount. Today’s news is Qatar Airways’ fourth new route announcement so far for 2013 with Gassim in Saudi Arabia, Najaf in Iraq and Chicago, the carrier’s fourth US gateway, launching between January and April, with further start-ups planned during the year. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said daily flights from the airline’s Doha hub to Phnom Penh tours and surrounding will provide many opportunities for travellers from Europe, the Middle East and North America. “As we continue our aggressive worldwide expansion program, we are delighted to offer our customers a much awaited connection to one of Asia’s most popular and well-loved destinations,” he said. “We very much look forward to celebrating our arrival in Cambodia next year and playing our part to help further boost the country’s vibrant tourism industry, which is the country’s second largest income provider.” Qatar Airways’ Doha – Phnom Penh route will be operated with an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of up to 248 seats in Economy and up to 36 in Business. Flights will operate via Ho Chi Minh City.