Getting a Landing Permit in Cambodia Becomes Challenging

by Admin on September 5, 2022

Planning a flight or flying to Cambodia becomes difficult, especially for short-notice flights, with the new lead time for landing permits. By introducing the new changes for a landing permit, the Cambodia Civil Aviation (SSCA) has made flight operations more arduous and less flexible for flights flying to Cambodia.

iJET, in its mission to keep the aviation world informed of any and every change, brings you the 6 things you must know about the new change.


6 updated information about landing permits :


1.      Lead times for permits are now 3-5 working days

The Cambodian Civil Aviation (SSCA) has changed the permit application process, making it more challenging and limiting the country’s operational flexibility. With the exception of medical evacuations, all landing permits must now be authorized by the SSCA Minister in Charge.

SSCA is now encouraging operators to give themselves 3-5 working days to get landing permissions as a result. Obtaining landing permission used to take about one working day.


2.      Weekend processing of permits is unlikely

Operators should factor in that the SSCA is closed on weekends, making it unlikely that permits would be handled during those times.


3.      All three airports in Cambodia now have new lead times for permits

All three Cambodian airports—Phnom Penh (VDPP), Siem Reap (VDSR), and Sihanoukville—are subject to the increased permit lead time (VDSV).


4.      Medevac flights are an exception.

Medevac flights and overflight licenses are unaffected by these modifications, as was previously indicated.


5.      Towbar is now necessary

All aircraft must now carry a tow bar due to airport congestion, with the exception of those frequently utilized by airlines, such as B737/A320 sized aircraft and larger. This is just in case a pushback is needed when leaving.

Though it won’t always be practical, the airport operator will always strive to arrange aircraft for self-taxi.


6.      Slots

All three of Cambodia’s international airports have slot restrictions, therefore getting slot permission is necessary to get a landing permit.

Once a permit has been issued, any schedule modifications typically just necessitate updating the slots, SSCA will update the original permit number.


On the upside, this change is not applicable for overflight permits and medevac flights. But ‘Asia is the New Europe for Private Charter Global Community’, thus having less flexibility in planning a flight to Southeast Asian nations like Cambodia, becomes a worrisome cause for aircraft operators and the business aviation market.

Two things become extremely important for operators flying to Cambodia. First, plan your flight in advance to have the extra time on your hands. And second partnering up with a reliable and efficient flight support provider like iJET to ensure your flights is on time, every time.


iJET plans regular flights for aircraft operators flying to Southeast Asian countries. We combine our rich global network and expertise with efficient customer care services to deliver unparalleled services to our clients. To know more about our flight permit services, talk to our operations advisor today.

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