CIVIL AVIATION OF
THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
The English Translation is unofficial
January 19, 2008
Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Bormneath
Khemreachea Samohopheas Kampuch Ekreachrad
Boranasante Supheakmangkalea Sereyvibulea Khemara-
sreypireas Preahchao Krong Kampuchea Thebadey
– Having seen the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia;
– Having seen the Royal Decree No. NS/RD/0704/124, dated July 15, 2004,
on the appointment of the Royal Government of the Kingdom of
– Having seen the Royal Kram No. 02/NS/94, dated July 20, 1994,
promulgating the Law on the Organization and Functioning of the Council
– Having seen the Royal Kram No. NS/RK/0196/23, dated January 24, 1996,
promulgating the Law on the formation of the State Secretariat of Civil
– Having seen the requests from Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo
Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and the
Secretary of State of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation,
The Law on Civil Aviation of the Kingdom of Cambodia adopted by the
National Assembly on the 5th
of December 2007 in its 7th
Plenary Session of the 3rd
Legislature and it was unanimously agreed by the Senate on its entire formalities and
substantive provision of the law without modification on the 27th
of December 2007
in its 4th
Plenary Session of the 2nd
Legislature and decided as followed:
CIVIL AVIATION OF
THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
This law is applied to the flight of all civil aircrafts lest in particular herein
stated the article 50.
This law, under a particular provision, is not applied to the operations of the state
aircrafts unless such state aircraft operations are transitionally conducted in manner
are civil aviation operation with respect to the examination of SSCA as stated in this
This law is enacted:
– To maintain the safety and order of civil aviation operations within the
Kingdom of Cambodia;
– To administer air traffic service within the demarcated airspace of the
Kingdom of Cambodia to ensure the general safety of all aircrafts;
– To govern and develop the civil airports in the Kingdom of Cambodia;
– To regulate the operations of the air transport industries; and
– To promote the development of safe, reliable, and economical civil air
The air traffic control of all civil aircrafts in the airspace of Kingdom of
Cambodia is the competence of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation.
No any civil aircraft shall be authorized to operate within or over the territory
of the Kingdom of Cambodia unless such operation is undertaken in accordance with
all the provisions set forth herein and in accordance with all relevant international
conventions and protocols to which Cambodia is a signatory.
In co-operation with other relevant ministries, institutions, State Secretariat of
Civil Aviation may issue, when deemed necessary, other norms to effectively conduct
and examine gist of this law.
Prior to permitting their operation in the airspace of the Kingdom of
Cambodia, all aircrafts shall:
1- Have proper and valid registration;
2- Carry national mark and registration mark if the civil aircraft belongs to a
company behalf of one national; and
3- Carry the company’s trademark and registration mark behalf of a private
Any aircraft registered in the Kingdom of Cambodia shall have Cambodian
nationality, and in the valid period of the registration such aircraft shall not be for
registration in another State.
Any aircraft registered in one State shall not be eligible for registration in the
Kingdom of Cambodia where such registration is still valid.
The fees for registration and other services shall be determined in sub-decree.
The aircraft registration in the Kingdom of Cambodia must abide by the
procedures by State Secretariat of Civil Aviation determined.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may issue, suspend, terminate or
transfer aircraft registration in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall maintain all the records associated
with the registration of all the aircrafts in Kingdom of Cambodia.
The certificate of registration shall become invalid upon the occurrence of anyone of
the following events:
1- Expiration of validity of such certificate;
2- Missing or irreparable damage of the aircraft;
3- Dismantlement or abandonment of the aircraft;
4- Aircraft de-registration from the Kingdom of Cambodia.
A valid certificate of airworthiness for aircraft navigation of the airspace of the
Kingdom of Cambodia issued by the State, where such aircraft was properly
registered, shall also be deemed valid by the Kingdom of Cambodia.
A certificate of airworthiness issued or whose validity is extended by another
State shall be recognized as valid by the Kingdom of Cambodia on condition that the
requirements under which such certificate was issued or rendered valid by another
State equate to the minimum standard of airworthiness established in the Chicago
State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may issue, suspend, or revoke the certificate
of airworthiness for any aircrafts registered in the Kingdom of Cambodia, and shall
set the basic standards, and standards obliged to apply by State Secretariat of Civil
The owners of an aircraft awarded a certificate of registration are required to
apply to the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation for inspection of the aircraft. The
certificate of airworthiness could only be awarded if such aircraft passed inspection
shall be deemed proper with respect to the standards determined.
The certificate of airworthiness shall become invalid upon the occurrence of
any of the following events:
1- Expiration of the term of validity of the certificate of aircraft;
2- Invalidity of the certificate of registration; and
3- The aircraft being no longer airworthy due to insufficiency to meet the
conditions required for safety of flight.
The establishment of a hangar for manufacture or hangar for repair of aircraft
engines and propeller including spare parts and other main parts of aircrafts must be
applied to the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation to get awarded a certificate. Such
hangar for manufacture or hangars of repair may start their operations only after
being so certified.
All aircrafts operating within the airspace of the Kingdom of Cambodia shall be
equipped with all kinds of radio transmitting apparatus licensed and installed in
accordance with the laws of the State of registry of the aircraft, and operated in
accordance with rules prescribed by SSCA of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall be empowered to decide on the
standards of installation and maintenance of radio transmitting apparatus on aircrafts
registered in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
All aircrafts operating in the airspace of the Kingdom of Cambodia shall
maintain a journey logbook in which shall be entered the particulars of the aircraft,
its crew, and of each flight, in such form as require by the law of the State of registry
of the aircraft.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation has determined the use the form and
the same detailed contents of the logbook with respect to an aircraft registered with
Each registered aircraft with Cambodian nationality shall carry aboard the
1- The certificate of registration;
2- The certificate of airworthiness;
3- The licenses of each member of the flight crew;
4- The journey logbook;
5- The aircraft radio installation license;
6- The flight operation manual;
7- The passenger and cargo manifest;
8- The valid insurance certificate; and
9- The other documents determined by the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation;
The papers carried aboard an aircraft registered in another State shall be
consistent with the requirements of such other State. The Kingdom of Cambodia has
the rights to necessarily examine all documents through competent authorities.
The above documents are not required for balloon Glider and Ultra Light
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall determine:
– The organization structure, formation, and necessity examination of flight
crew on duty aboard aircraft registered in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
– Standards for flight crew members, including maximum duty hours and
required break periods.
No any flight shall be permitted to conduct operations if the standards
involved in the type of flight shall not be strictly applied by flight crew or any flight
crew without capacity consistent with the standards related to other duty conditions.
The staff of civil aviation, air traffic controllers, flight crew, mechanics, or
ground handling specialists shall not be allowed to perform their assigned duties
unless they have valid licenses.
Members of flight crew operating in the airspace of Kingdom of Cambodia are
required to hold valid licenses or certificates issued or awarded by the state of
registered aircrafts and recognized as valid by the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The license or certificate of competency issued or rendered valid by another
State shall be recognized as valid by the Kingdom of Cambodia under the condition
that the requirements which such license or certificate was issued or rendered valid
by such other State are equal or excessive to those minimum standards, which may
be regulated or added consecutively under Chicago convention.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation could determine standards and
procedures for issuing licenses or certificates of competency in Kingdom of Cambodia
and shall be temporarily entitled to suspend or revoke such licenses or certificates. It
may issue certificate of competency regarding licenses issued by other States. The
State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may include conditions or limitation on licenses or
certificates deemed necessary to safety.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may determine standards to further issue
licenses or certificates of competency to flight crew members and other civil aviation
Any person with a license or certificate, engaging in the operation of an
aircraft or performing any duty related to aircrafts shall not act beyond the limitation
of the license or certificate, except in the necessary case.
Any flight crew operating an aircraft shall have a valid medical certificate or
meet the complete condition of licensing requirements.
All flight crew shall be obliged to present license for the inspection upon the
requirement of the competent agents of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation of the
Kingdom of Cambodia or relevant civil aviation authority of other State.
For each flight route, each aircraft operator shall designate a sufficiently
qualified member of the operating crew as the aircraft captain, another flight crew as
assistant, and as a captain when necessary.
8 The aircraft captain shall be totally responsible for the safe operation of the
aircraft in flight and safeguarding the aircraft, persons, and property aboard the
aircraft. (S)he shall always take care of the air regulations, follow up appropriate
directions from air traffic controllers, and include other requirements imposed by this
law or by other regulations.
The captain shall solely decide aboard the aircraft and shall be vested with the
necessary rights, especially the rights enumerated in Chapter III of the Tokyo
Convention, to take steps and actions in consequence, deeming reasonably
necessary to implement his duties and responsibilities.
While on duty and acting in his official capacity in flight, the captain of an
aircraft operated by an air transport enterprise shall not be personally liable and shall
be exempted from any liability for damages stemming from any action or oversight
of the captain, or of any personnel applying his/her own instruction, if considered
reasonably necessary and prudent to safeguard the aircraft, persons, and the
property aboard the aircraft.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may provide additional duties, and
responsibilities for the aircraft captain if deemed necessary for the interest of safety
by regulating order.
The personnel of civil aviation shall report on:
1- Violation of laws and regulations;
2- Incidents or any acts having adverse effects or impacts on the safety of civil
3- Any aircraft having accident shall be reported in a timely manner and in
such forms required by the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation.
Any report submitted in accordance with the above paragraph of this article
shall make an investigation and urgently determine an event, if deemed necessary to
take the additional action.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall issue and announce the rules of
the airspace, governing the aircraft in flight and air traffic control practices within the
territory of Kingdom of Cambodia. Such rules shall be in conformity with those
provisions under the Chicago Convention.
9Each aircraft being operated within the airspace of Kingdom of Cambodia shall
be operated in conformity with the rules of the airspace promulgated by the State
Secretariat of Civil Aviation.
Each aircraft registered in Kingdom of Cambodia and operated in the airspace
of another State shall abide by the effective regulations of the airspace in such other
State or if such aircraft is operated over the international sea borders, the rules shall
be applied consistent with the Chicago Convention.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall be responsible for the
establishment and maintenance of a common air traffic control system governed by
the Kingdom of Cambodia to ensure the safety of aircraft navigated in its airspace.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall determine the capacity of
personnel and standards of air navigation facilities to be used in the air traffic control
services in conformity with the recommendations for application set up under the
To ensure the safety and effectiveness of the air transport, air transport
enterprises shall pay the service fees to authority of civil aviation. All air navigation
facilities and services are as follow:
1- Navigating the flight within and flight over, and
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may establish air routes and determine
the prohibited, restricted, or dangerous areas. By such air routes, the civil aircraft
shall be conducted by the operation time, within the airspace and for essential
requirements of military base, or public safety of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The duty of every aircraft captain flying over or maneuvering within the
airspace of the Kingdom of Cambodia shall abide by the air routes as established by
the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation and shall avoid those areas designated as
prohibited, restricted, and dangerous areas.
Any aircraft deviating from the established air routes or entering a prohibited,
restricted, or dangerous area shall be considered as an illegal operation. The captain
of the aircraft involved in such an illegal operation shall immediately take corrective
measures or shall essentially comply with any special instruction of the competent
authorities, including any forcing to land at a designated location.
Unless essentially authorized by the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, the
essence implementation of the condition limitation shall be prohibited:
1- To carry aboard an aircraft, explosives, weapons, ammunition, poisons,
flammable substances, radioactive, or magnetic tools, acid-oxide
substances, strongly-smelled substances, metal corrosives, and other goods
2- To take photographs, motion pictures, videos or use other video graphic
devices over or within an aircraft;
3- To use radio transmitting or receiving apparatus from an aircraft;
4- To fire gun or fireworks or launch a rocket in the air from aircraft;
5- To launch an unmanned aircraft or a flying object that may jeopardize the
safety of the aircraft; and
6- To use any machine, equipment or device which interferes with civil
aviation radio communications.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may make exemption or determine
additional restricted-actions deemed necessary for the public safety and interests.
The search and rescue unit for aircraft and ship of National Committee for Disaster
Management works as a major agency for coordinating and leading search and
rescue while having incident or accident of aircraft within the territory of the
Kingdom of Cambodia.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall form a permanent search and
rescue unit to conduct its necessary operation for a missing accident aircraft within
the territory of the Kingdom of Cambodia. In carrying out its duties, the State
Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall collaborate with the National Committee for Disaster
Management, airport authorities, armed forces, local authority, and other concerned
In the case of any aircraft registered in another State missing alert or getting
accident within the Kingdom of Cambodia, the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may
permit such aircraft owner or authorities of such states to take measures or
necessarily assist during that circumstance. Any assistance or support shall be always
under the control of the competent authorities of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation also considers the requests made by
other State or international organizations to offer assistance towards the search and
rescue of the aircraft missing or in distress in the territory of neighboring countries or
in the seas adjacent to its territory.
In the case of any aircraft incident or accident occurring in the Kingdom of
Cambodia, the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall assign technical committee to
conduct an investigation, lead an urgent exploration, and take any other measures
considered if deemed necessary.
In the event, the incident or accident involved with an aircraft registered in
another State, and the incident or accident caused the loss of life or serious injury or
indicated serious technical malfunction in the aircraft or with the air navigation
equipments, official investigators designated by the other State shall be permitted to
join such investigation.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall conduct relations with such other
states on final reports or various findings.
At each airport, except for military services, the service users shall pay fees to
the units providing such services for:
2- Air navigation;
4- Services for passengers and goods; and
5- Ground handling services
No any permission for air transport enterprise to conduct exploitation in air
transportation within the Kingdom of Cambodia if it does not obtain a valid Air
The issuance of such Air Operator Certificate (AOC) shall be determined by
proclaim of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation.
Prior to the issuance of Air Operator Certificate for aircraft operator, the State
Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall ascertain that such aircraft operators are competent,
possible, and entirely responsible for the operation. After issuing the Air Operator
Certificate, the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall control and pursue such
12aircraft operator to comply with the regulation to ensure safety and economical
operation and to promote aircraft operators to abide by the organization structure
and regulation of airlines.
All air transport enterprises wishing to conduct their air transportation business shall
be required to apply for Air Operator Certificate in such sample formats and forms as
determined by the proclaim of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation.
With respect to domestic air transportation, the State Secretariat of Civil
Aviation shall examine and judge capacity and quality of the Air Operator Certificate
applicant and the AOC issuance must be consistent with the public interests.
With respect to international air transportation:
1- In the case of the international air carrier, in addition to the criteria
stipulated in the above paragraph, the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation
shall consider existing international conventions of which the Kingdom of
Cambodia is a signatory party with mutual understanding and reciprocity;
2- With respect to a foreign air carrier, the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation
shall issue the certificate if such issuance is consistent with the
international conventions or agreements of which the Kingdom of
Cambodia is a signatory party with mutual understanding and reciprocity;
3- The air transport enterprises as stipulated in the first and second
paragraphs shall accept as the priority civil aviation personnel with Khmer
nationalities to employ their enterprises.
In issuing the public transport certificate, the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation
shall attach essence, conditions, and limitations deemed necessary for the public
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may have the rights to amend, suspend,
or revoke the awarded certificate after informing the air transport enterprise. Such
information shall state clear reasons.
The air transport enterprise conducting air transportation business shall abide
by the transportation tariff under a detailed rate that the State Secretariat of Civil
Aviation deems appropriate except such air transportation tariff is calculated with the
international standards available.
Unless there is a special case, the air transportation tariff shall be rated by the
air transport enterprise with formal approval from the State Secretariat of Civil
Aviation before being taken to apply.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation may suspend a current transport tariff if
such tariff deemed unfair which is naturally caused opposite to the public interest.
The mutual liability by the air transport enterprise and the passenger or goods
shipper shall constitute a carriage contract as evidenced by the documents.
The contract documents for such transportation promulgated in the Kingdom
of Cambodia must be consistent with current international treaties or conventions.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall designate the Royal Government
areas within the Kingdom of Cambodia which may be used as civil airport or as a
temporary place for taking-off or landing of civil aircraft.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall differently classify airports and
shall determine some specified airports which may be used as international airports
by both domestic and foreign air carriers.
All civil aircrafts must be operated to or from a designated airport or
temporary place for landing and taking-off except such civil aircraft operation is
stipulated in a particular provision.
Construction or expansion of civil aerodromes can be carried out, provided
that there is a license for such construction or expansion issued by the State
Secretariat of Civil Aviation after the approval from the government. The aerodrome
may be carried out its operation provided that its performance is in accordance with
the terms and conditions of the license.
The issuance of the license, the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall depend
on to safety and security at the airport, and shall issue the regulations to implement
the requirements stated in the license.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation has the right to correct, suspend or
revoke any aerodrome license if found out that such aerodrome lacks technical
means to ensure safety.
The management, development, and operation over civil aerodromes are the
rights of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation or any institution appointed by the
Royal Government of Cambodia. Natural person or legal entity could manage,
develop and operate civil airport unless there is permission from the Royal
Government and implement provisions of this law and the technical standards as
prescribed by the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation.
Liability and Insurance
Governing rights and liabilities of air carriers on passengers, consignors,
consignees, and other persons involved in any air transportation shall be consistent
with the terms and conditions of Warsaw Convention adopted October 12, 1929.
Damages to be compensated by the air carriers are based on the Warsaw
Any air transport enterprise performing domestic transportation shall be liable
for damages by incidents causing injury or death to passengers, or event causing
injury or death happening during on board, embarking, and disembarking to the
The air transport enterprise shall not be liable if such damages caused by the
carelessness of the injured passenger. In case the scope of damages affects others,
the air transport enterprise shall share liability for the damage.
Any air transport enterprise performing domestic transportation shall be liable
for damages causing loss or damage to any checked baggage or goods if the
occurrence caused such loss or damages lies in the flight.
Duration of the domestic transportation is the period which the baggage or
goods are the responsibility of the air transport enterprise whether in an airport or on
board an aircraft, or in the case of landing outside an airport.
The air transport enterprise shall not be liable for damages causing damage of
baggage or goods if such damages result from one of the following cases:
1- The nature of baggage or goods or inherent negligence and defect;
2- Improper packaging;
3- The negligence of the passenger, consignor, consignee or any agent
representing any of them;
4- The actions of competent authorities of the Royal Government; and
5- War or arm conflict.
Any air transport enterprise performing domestic transportation shall be liable
for damages caused by unreasonable delay in the transportation of passengers,
baggage and goods.
The air transport enterprise, however, shall has no liabilities in case of finding
out that such unreasonable delays are not the fault of the enterprise and its agents.
Any aircraft operator, while an aircraft is in flight, shall be liable for damages
stemming from the aircraft or the operation or any person or object aboard the
aircraft pertaining to the aircraft which caused injury or death or damage to property
of a third party.
The aircraft operator shall not be liable if such damages derived from the
negligence of the third party.
In case, the aircraft causing such damage is a leased aircraft without crew,
the leaser of the aircraft shall share liabilities with the aircraft operator.
Any liability imposed on an air transport enterprise or other aircraft operator
pursuant to the Article 36, 37, 38 may be reduced or acquitted if the liable party
reveals the damages resulting from the negligence of the injured party.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall be entitled to decide additional
conditions and orders which are not stated in this Chapter if deemed necessary for
the public interests with approval from the Royal Government.
Agreements made by an international air transport enterprise on liabilities
and insurance for passengers, consignors or consignees in order to reduce or waive
its liabilities shall be abrogated if the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation find out that
all agreement contents are contrary to the Warsaw Convention, or other provisions
of this law.
Except stipulated in this law or the Warsaw Convention, an air transport
enterprise may have the rights to take legal action for compensation from any
individual caused the accident after finding out the cause of accident. And such
individual shall be forced to pay compensation like amount as the air transport
enterprise pays to the victims in accident.
The aircraft operator and the air transport enterprise with an air operator
certificate stipulated in the Chapter VII of this law shall have insurance. Such
insurance with a minimum amount shall be determined by the State Secretariat of
Civil Aviation or as stated in agreements governing other liabilities.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall have the rights to arrest aircrafts to
grounding to revoke or suspend AOC or to put various sanctions regarding the air
transportation enterprises failing to ensure or without any insurance with the
determined minimum amounts.
Security of Civil Aviation
Except there is a particular reservation by the Royal Government of Cambodia
about security affairs, the conditions and contents of the Security Conventions shall
be applied. And the condition and the content shall be well organized and
strengthened by the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Interior, and
other concerned ministries because it is a vital factor to ensure safety, civil aviation
security, and the public interest.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation of the Kingdom of Cambodia may make
decision on the statute, order, and other standard instruments if deemed necessary
to apply with such convention through consultation with the Ministry of Interior and
other concerned ministries.
Any person on board in flight shall be considered as a criminal committed one of
the following acts:
– Threatening and intimidating, occupying, or seizing aircraft; or
– Attempting to commit the above acts;
Any accomplice and conspirator to commit the above acts shall be considered
as a criminal as well.
Any person who intentionally commits one of the following acts or unlawfully
acts against civil aviation shall be considered as a criminal:
1- Committing violence against any person on board in flight, causing affect
to the safety of the aircraft;
2- Destroying an aircraft in service or making damage to the aircraft unable
to be operated, and affecting the safety of the aircraft in flight;
3- Placing or hiding tools or substances aboard an aircraft in service and
causing damage to the aircraft or endangering safety of the aircraft in
4- Destroying or damaging air navigation facilities or interfering with their
operation processes, causing damage to the safety of the aircraft in flight;
5- Communicating misinformation, which may cause hazard to the safety of
an aircraft in flight;
6- Using any device, substances or all kinds of explosives to commit any
violent act against any person who works for civil aviation at an airport,
and causing serious dangers or loss of life and hazard to the safety at that
7- Using any device, substance or all types of explosives which may destroy
or seriously damage the facilities of an airport serving for civil aviation or
aircraft not in service there or disrupting the services of the airport and
causing serious hazard at the airport;
8- Attempting to commit any of the acts prescribed above from 1-7; and
9- Being in complicity with committer or attempting to commit any act as
Under the competent limits of the jurisdiction of Kingdom of Cambodia, the
offenses are Sated as follow:
1- Any offense or other acts committed against or aboard any aircraft
registered in Cambodia wherever such aircraft is located;
2- Any offense or other acts committed within the territory of Cambodia,
regardless of the nationality of the aircraft;
3- Any offense or other acts committed aboard an aircraft which lands in
Cambodia including the alleged offender on board;
4- Any offense or other acts committed aboard aircraft without crew to a
lessee who has his base of business or his permanent residence in
5- Any offense or other acts stipulated in the Conventions on Security in the
territory of Cambodia where the alleged offender is present and is not
extradited pursuant to Article 8 of Hague Convention or the Montreal
Convention or extradited to any other State mentioned in Article 4,
paragraph 1 of the Hague Convention or Article 5, paragraph 1 of the
The Kingdom of Cambodia may apply additional jurisdiction in accordance with
the Conventions on security.
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, in accordance with international
conventions or based on international reciprocity, may request for exemption or
some reductions regarding all conditions stipulated in this law for the humanitarian
purposes, urgent rescue, emergency or serving for the public interest.
The civil aviation personnel, prescribed in Chapter III, who committed any of
the following offensive acts shall be punished by revoking or suspending the license
or refusing not to issue certificate of competency for a period of one year in case:
A. Found using or containing alcoholic substance of more than the maximum
quantity in blood as defined by the regulations of the State Secretariat of Civil
B. Found using drug overdoses or prohibited drugs which may affect work
C. Denying being examined alcoholic substance when there is suspicion. In
case of committing offenses for the 2nd
time shall ultimately revoke the
license or certificate.
Anyone caught stealing goods from the storehouse, facilities at the airport or
passengers’ luggage sent in or out shall be imprisoned from one (1) year to three (3)
years and fined from two million (2,000,000) Riels to six million (6,000,000) Riels.
Anyone found committing any of the following offences shall be sentenced to
jail from one (1) year to five (5) years and given fine between one million
(1,000,000) Riels and ten million (10,000,000) Riels:
20A. Counterfeiting or attempting to counterfeit license or certificate of
competency or journey logbook or any report to be noted or kept;
B. Holding invalid license or certificate of competency. In case, committing
violation for the second time shall result in double punishment.
Any air transport enterprise owner shall be sentenced to jail from one (1) to
five (5) years and given fine ranging from five million (5,000,000) Riels to ten million
(10,000,000) Riels for:
A. Having no registration;
B. Having no trade mark;
C. Having no certificate of airworthiness;
D. Operating and permitting the operation without the Air Operator
E. Counterfeiting registration marks or other documents related to the
F. Holding no insurance certificate; in the case of seriousness, the air
operator certificate will be revoked or suspended.
Anyone abusing the rules by building and flying any other object that makes
obstacle or a hindrance to the safety area of the aerodrome shall be fined from five
million (5,000,000) Riels to ten million (10,000,000) Riels.
Anyone abusing the rules of aerodrome as stated in the 2nd
Articles 31 and 32 shall be subject to the sentence from one (1) to five (5) years in
prison and fined, ranging from five million (5,000,000) Riels to twenty million
Any aircraft captain committing any of the following offenses must be
punished to jail between three (3) years and five (5) years and fined from ten million
(10,000,000) to twenty million (20,000,000) Riels:
A. Operating an aircraft without license or certificate of competency;
B. Destroying any documents aboard the aircraft as stated in Article 11; and
C. Operating an aircraft without the certificate of registration or airworthiness
21In the serious case causing danger to death or damage to properties, such
captain shall be imprisoned from five (5) to ten (10) years.
Any individual constructing, managing or using an aerodrome within the
territory of Cambodia without permission or licenses awarded from the State
Secretariat of Civil Aviation shall be sentenced to jail from five (5) to ten (10) years
and be fined of from ten million (10,000,000) to twenty million (20,000,000) Riels.
Any individual destruction to the airport, equipment and supplies at the airport
or abusing someone’s rights at the airport, whose acts may result in death or disrupt
the operation of the airport will be imprisoned between ten (10) and twenty (20)
years and fined from ten million (10,000,000) to twenty million (20,000,000) Riels.
Any individual committed or who attempts to commit any offences stipulated
in Article 48 shall be sentenced to jail from ten (10) to twenty (20) years and be
given fine from ten million (10,000,000) to twenty million (20,000,000) Riels.
Any aircraft captain who directed the flight into prohibited, restricted or
dangerous area in:
A. Not causing danger to lives or properties, the captain will be sentenced to
jail from one (1) and five (5) years, and fined from ten million
(10,000,000) to twenty million (20,000,000) Riels.
B. Causing danger to lives or properties, the captain will be sentenced to jail
from ten (10) and twenty (20) years.
Any air traffic controller while on duty with no sense of responsibility in case:
A. Not causing danger to lives or properties, the air traffic controller shall be
sentenced to jail from one (1) to five (5) years and fined from five million
(5,000,000) to ten million (10,000,000) Riels.
B. Causing dangers to lives or properties, the air traffic controller shall be
sentenced to jail from ten (10) to twenty (20) years.
Any person who violates any individual and causes affect to safety of the flight
shall be sentenced from ten (10) years to twenty (20) years.
Any person who hijacks, seizes, occupies, or destroys any aircraft being in
flight or on the ground shall be imprisoned to life.
All provisions contrary to this law shall be abrogated.
Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, January 19, 2008
Royal Signature and Seal
To have informed for royal signature from His Majesty
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen
To have informed Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, the
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Secretary of State of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation
No. 63 C.
Phnom Penh, January 24, 2008
Secretary-General of the Royal Government
In this law, the following definitions shall apply except where the context otherwise
1. Accident: means any situation or occurrence involving an aircraft in flight, or persons or property aboard such an aircraft, which results in serious personal injury or death or to serious property damage.
2. Aerodrome: means a defined area on land or water to be used wholly or in part, for the take-off, landing or movement of aircraft, and includes buildings constructions or installations and equipment in the area defined as well as in the vicinity of the
3. Air carrier: means the operator of aircraft, being a Cambodian citizen, engaged directly or indirectly in the public airfreight, which accommodates persons, items and package mails for service charges or fees.
4. Aircraft: means any object, which is able to maintain its balance in the airspace by force of the air in the atmospheric pressure.
5. State Aircraft: means any aircraft used in military, customs and police services.
6. Aircraft operator: means any individual, corporation, partnership, association or other entity that is authorized to possess, operate and manage one or more aircraft.
7. Air transportation: means domestic air transportation or international air
8. Air transport enterprise: means either a Cambodian air carrier or foreign air carrier.
9. State Secretariat of Civil Aviation: means the civil aviation authority of the Kingdom of Cambodia, in charge of all functions stated in this law.
10. Kingdom of Cambodia: includes the land territory, its islands and island group and its territorial waters and air.
11. The Chicago Convention: means the Convention on International Civil
Aviation, as amended and adopted at Chicago, on December 7, 1944, together with Annexes thereto.
12. Citizen: means an individual of Cambodian nationality, a permanent resident of Kingdom of Cambodia, or a corporation, partnership, association or other entity organized and existing under the laws of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
13. Civil Aviation Personnel: means any individual who carries out a Civil Aviation operational function, including flight crew, aircraft maintenance workers, air traffic controllers, or an employee of an air carrier or airport.
14. Documents of carriage: include:
– With respect to the transport of passengers and luggage, the properly completed passenger ticket, baggage tags and luggage coupons; and
– With respect to the transport of cargo, the airway bill
15. Domestic air transportation: means transportation by air from place to place within the country.
16. Flight crew: means the aircraft commander and other persons who are on duty and engaged in the operation of the aircraft during flight.
17. Foreign air carrier: means an aircraft operator, not being a citizen of
Cambodia, engaged directly or indirectly, in the public air transport, which
accommodates the persons, property and package mails for service charges or fees.
18. Incident: means any situation or occurrence involving an aircraft in flight, or persons and property aboard such an aircraft, which presents a menace or danger to the safety of that aircraft, to persons or property aboard, to other aircraft or to any other persons or property, whether or not such menace or danger results in damage or injury.
19. In flight: means at any time from the moment when the external doors of an
aircraft are closed following embarkation until the moment when any such door is opened for disembarkation. If an aircraft has no such external doors, the aircraft shall be considered in flight from the moment of disembarkation following landing. In the case of a forced landing, the flight shall be deemed to continue until the competent authorities take over responsibility for the aircraft and for persons and property aboard.
20. International air transportation: means transportation by air between a place in Cambodia and a place outside thereof.
21. The Security Conventions: mean, collectively, the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft, done at Tokyo on
September 14, 1963 (The Tokyo Convention); the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft done at the Hague on December 16, 1970 (The Hague Convention); and the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Civil Aviation done at Montreal on September 23, 1971 (The Montreal Convention); and a Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts of Violence at Airport Serving International Aviation, Supplementary to the Montreal Convention,
done at Montreal on February 24, 1988.
22. Third Party: means any individual, corporation, partnership, association or other entity other than an aircraft operator and the passengers and crew aboard the aircraft of such aircraft operator, except that if an aircraft operator is not an air transport enterprise, third parties shall include persons aboard the aircraft of such aircraft operator.
23. The Warsaw Convention: means the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air done at Warsaw on October 12, 1929
(The Warsaw Convention), as amended by the protocol to that convention done atHague on September 28, 1955.
24. Nationality mark: means any symbols representing one’s nation, such as a
flag or national identity.
25. Registration mark: Marks issued to aircraft by ICAO to represent that such an aircraft has been registered in a country. For example, the letters XU represents Cambodian airline, HS for Thai aircrafts, 9M for Malaysian aircrafts, and 9V for Singaporean aircrafts, etc.
26. Aircraft of Cambodian nationality: Any aircraft registered in a country shall bear the nationality of that country, for example, an aircraft registered in theKingdom of Cambodia is of Cambodian nationality and that in America, it shall be of American nationality.
27. Minimum standard: mean a standard established to define necessary
inspections of everything aboard the aircraft, including the checking of the landing gear to see if there are spare nosewheels and the engine (how many hours is the engine expected to run).
28. Insurance certificate: Insurance policies
29. License or certificate: means any letters that certify the capacity or duration of the mission. Such license, certificate shall be varied in accordance with the issuing country.
30. Regulation or Rules of the air: means the designation of flight area.
31. Airspace: means a particular area in the air found on the map or the flight area.
32. Ground handling: means all the works done on the ground such as pulling an aircraft, fueling and checking of the aircraft engine and transport to and from the aircraft.
33. Reciprocity: means any relationship or mutual understanding.
34. Price rate of international standard: prices set by the international
standards established by IATA. However, our state will set suitable price for local flights.
35. Publication of false information: refer to lies made to create fear that may interrupt the operation of the aircraft.
36. Minimum charge: means the money charged for insurance (passengers and luggage owners).
37. Aerodrome ranking: means the classification of aerodromes depending ontheir types like 3C, 4C, 4D, or 4E, etc. For example, a large foreign airport is of