Several hundreds of families living along the southern wall of Phnom Penh International Airport are under imminent threat of eviction as a result of development of the airport.
According to the authorities, households living within 10m of the airport wall must make way for a “safety road”. Some 165 households have already received eviction notices. At the same time, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is financing a potential airport expansion. According to the Environmental Review Summary for the project: “SCA to extend the runway by 600 meters (from 3000 to 3600 meters) on the southwest side of the airport. This requirement is based on the need to accommodate a fully loaded wide body aircraft (Boeing 747) capable of flying non-stop to Western Europe. Extending the runway would cause the permanent displacement of approximately 500 residents and landholders in a low-income residential/commercial community that exists immediately adjacent to the airport property at this location.”
The below map indicates households that have received eviction notices in three villages surrounding the airport: Thmor Kol, Prey Chisak, Kok Chambok.