Monday, November 17, 2008

Siem Reap Airways banned in Europe

The European Commission has banned Siem Reap Airways International from airports in Europe, citing the carrier's lack of safety standards, reports the Phnom Penh Post .

This was the bit that really scared me:

"The EU announcement acknowledged that Siem Reap Airways did not provide service to European countries but stated that the carrier "does not operate in compliance" with Cambodian safety regulations."

The airline does not even operate in compliance with Cambodian safety standards, never mind European ones!

This reminds me of the time I joined my friend Pauline on a boat trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and they how kept piling people on to the boat, even though all the seats were filled. Fortunately the only bad thing that happened to us was that we lost our seats and had to sit on the deck for 6 hours.

Siem Reap Airways International is a subsidiary of Bangkok Airways International.

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