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Old April 23rd, 2012, 05:48 PM   #221
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Guests pose for a group photo during the inaugural flight ceremony of Mandarin Airlines Macao-Taichung Route in the international airport of Macao, south China, April 21, 2012. Mandarin Airlines launched a daily flight route between Taichung of southeast China's Taiwan and Macao on Saturday. (Xinhua/Cheong Kam Ka)
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Old April 25th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #222
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Taiwan Mandarin Airlines Launched Inaugural Flight to Macau
2012-04-21
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The first flight of Mandarin Airlines from Taichung arrived at Macau International Airport on 21st April, 2012, starting its daily services between Macau and Taichung. An inaugural flight ceremony was held at the airport and was attended by honorable guests including: Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of Macau S.A.R. Mr. Cheong U; Deputy Director of Liaison Office of Central People‛s Government of China in Macau SAR. Ms. Gao Yan; Nantou Magistrate, Mr. Lee Chao-Ching; President of Civil Aviation Authority of Macau SAR, Mr. Simon Chan; The Chairman of Taiwan Mandarin Airlines, Mr. Chang, Chia-Juch; Head of Taiwan Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macau SAR, Mr. Li Weiyi; Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Mr. Lo, Muh- Kuen; Acting Director of Macau Government Tourist Office, Mr. Manuel Pires; Senior Assistant to the Chairman & Director of Logistics and General Aviation Development Department of CAM - Macau International Airport Co., Ltd, Mr. Cui Guang; Deputy Mayor of Taichung City Government, Mr. Tsai,Ping-Kun; Deputy magistrate of Changhua County Government, Mr. Lin, Tien-Fu; Director of Taiwan Visitors Association Ltd, Mr.Wang Chun-Bao; Director of Marketing Department of CAM - Macau International Airport Co. Ltd., Mr. Eric Fong, and President of Mandarin Airlines, Mr. Ho, Hann-Yeh.

Mandarin Airlines is a regional carrier operating short-haul international and domestic routes. It owns a total of eight E190 aircrafts which are manufactured by EMBRAER with 104 seats and the aircraft’s average age is 3.89 years. From the start of its airline operation, Mandarin Airlines emphasized on flight safety and comfortable flight service. It received the citation of meritorious service from the Australian Civil Aviation Board in 1992. In April 1996, the airline was granted the first ISO-9002 certification for service in Taiwan.

Director of Marketing Department of CAM, Mr. Eric Fong said that the direct flight operation is the aspiration for both Macau and Taichung cities. After years of effort, the flight service between the two places was finally realized. It is believed that with the launch of the flight service, it would attract more tourists to both cities, and stimulate economic growth, as well as to further promote “One Travel with More Destinations from Macau”.

Taichung locates in the West-Central part of Taiwan. The city offers diversity attractions such as sightseeing of the seashore, hiking along old house ranch and exploring the beautiful farm and national parks, and famous night markets that provide night-time excitement with delicious food and drink. Taichung has a pleasant climate and a population of just over 2.6 million people, making it the third largest city on the island after New Taipei and Kaohsiung.
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Old July 11th, 2012, 04:39 AM   #223
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Thai Smile Launched Double Daily Bangkok-Macau Service
2012-07-07
Macau International Airport Press Release



Thai smile, the new sub-brand of Thai Airways, launched its operations on 7th July between Bangkok and Macau. An inaugural flight ceremony was held at Macau International Airport to celebrate its coming. The ceremony was presided by Mr. Chakri Srichawana, The Royal Thai Consulate General; Mr. Simon Chan, President of Civil Aviation Authority of Macau SAR; Ms. Suning Liu, Executive Director of Macau International Airport Company Limited (CAM); Eng. Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, Director of Macau Government Tourist Office; Mr. Chulasingh Vasantasingh, Board Member of Thai Airways; Mr. Pandit Chanapai, Executive Vice President of Commercial of Thai Airways; and Mr. Worranate Laprabang, Managing Director of Thai Smile.

Based at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport, Thai Smile s fleet will consist of 11 brand new Airbus A320-200 aircraft with 2 classes of service; ‘Smile Plus’ short haul business class service and “Smile” economy class. Passengers can enjoy complimentary beverages, light meal onboard and free baggage allowance. The airline plans to launch more domestic and regional flights in the near future. Passengers can also connect seamlessly to the attractive Thai destinations like Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, with less hassle by connecting the Thai Airways’ network.

Ms. Suning Liu, Executive Director of CAM in the speech expressed that Macau International Airport was much honored for the coming of Thai Smile as Macau was chosen to be the first international destination of its operation. MIA previously served 6 Bangkok daily services and now adds up to a total of 8 daily. Bangkok being a popular destination, contributed nearly 260,000 air passengers to MIA traffic for the first half of the year, it represents a 45% increase compared to same period of last year. She believed that with the easiness and convenience in reaching Macau Airport, the different products offered and the frequent flight schedules in between, passengers would prefer it even more flying out of Macau.

For the first six months of this year, Macau International Airport handled over 2 million passengers, a 6.7% increase compared to the same period last year, and more than 90% of the total traffic is the destination passengers which accounts approximately 1.9 million. It is confident that the increase in capacity will definitely bring in even more visitors from Thailand. Along Macau working towards “A World Centre of Tourism and Leisure”, the airport will continue to attract more airlines to bring in more international passengers to Macau - one of the world’s most desired destination.

With these double-daily flights between Bangkok and Macau, the airline s new Airbus A320-200 aircraft and its friendly crew will be introducing new comfort for passengers onboard of Thai Smile. To bless the Macau operation with greater success, the representatives of Thai Airways officiated the lion dance eye dotting ceremony, wishing for auspiciousness and prosperity.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #224
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Air Busan to launch new route between Macau and Busan on July 19th
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Air Busan held an official press conference at the Macau International Airport on July 16th, 2012 announcing the new flight service connecting Busan and Macau starting from July 19th, 2012.

The airline uses Airbus 321-200, which provides 195 seats, and Boeing 737-400 aircraft, which provides 162 seats, offering two regular flights per week. Mr. Kang kyeng Dae, General Manager of Air Busan Hong Kong Branch and Ms. Suning Liu, Executive Director of Macau International Airport Company Limited (CAM), delivered speeches and exchanged souvenirs during the press conference.
more: http://www.wcarn.com/cache/news/20/20344.html
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Old July 16th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #225
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To clarify, Air Busan had announced the route on its website on May 25 :

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Old August 1st, 2012, 03:45 PM   #226
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Air Macau will launch Macau – Changsha route
01/08/2012 06:50:00
Macau Daily Times

Air Macau will launch a Macau – Changsha route from September 6 onwards. Three flights per week (every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) will be operated. This was announced during a press conference held in Changsha yesterday, hosted by Provincial Government of Hunan and Air Macau and attended by Mr. He Bao Xiang, Deputy Governor of Hunan Province, Mr. Liu Zhi Ren, General Manager of Hunan Airport Management Group Co. Ltd. and Mr. Zhu Song Yan, CEO of Air Macau. Macau-Changsha flights will depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 18:00 with the duration of one and a half hours. The flights in the other direction depart on the same days at 20:20. Representatives of Air Macau and 12 hotels and travel service from Macau presented their products during the event. Among the 200 people that attend the event were high officials from Provincial Government, local air industry and representatives from local travel services.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #227
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Macau International Airport Set New Record in July 2012
2012-08-07
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In July 2012, Macau International Airport (MIA) recorded a significant growth on passenger traffic volume and aircraft movements. Passenger volume surpassed 423 thousands, representing an 8% increase comparing to same period last year. The increase of passenger volume in July breaks through 400 thousands, recording the highest monthly passenger volume in the previous 2 years. Southeast Asia market performed particularly well, recording an increase of 30% increase over the same month last year. The traffic growth is mainly attributed by the increasingly outbound of local residents and inbound visitors for summer vacation. With 4 new airlines including Mandarin Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Thai Smile Air, and Air Busan commenced operation in April and July this year, they provide travelers with more travel options.

From January to July 2012, MIA served a total of 2.45 million passengers and aircraft movements reached 23, 000; both recorded increase of 7% and 2% respectively over the same period last year. Mainland China and Southeast Asia routes continually performed well registered increases of 27% and 6% respectively.

As always, MIA incorporates with the objectives of the government’s policy to build Macau as a World Tourism and Leisure Center. It attracts more and more visitors visiting Macau. MIA enables to maintain the stability growth mainly due to the support from the Macau SAR Government and the cooperation with airport operating partners such as ADA, SEMAC. MIA will continually provide safety, effectiveness, and efficiency service to passengers.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 01:10 PM   #228
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Budget airlines blocked by MSAR’s bureaucracy and protectionism, operator says
06/09/2012 08:13:00 Sum Choi
Macau Daily Times

In an international conference on business development for low-cost carriers (LCC), an aviation services provider said Macau’s bureaucracy and protectionism are driving budget airlines away, which could otherwise make up 30 to 40 percent of the air travel market.

During a panel discussion at the CAPA’s LCCs & New Age Airlines conference, David Huttner, Senior Vice President of Nyras Limited (which was formerly Virgin Blue), spoke about his company’s unsuccessful experience in 2005 in applying for a license for operating a budget airline in Macau.

The application was finally rejected and Huttner said: “They [LCCs] were pushed back through various steps of bureaucracy, it’s really a tragedy for Macau.” He questioned the reason for trying to protect “a large company which is still struggling now”. He did not mention any particular airline but Air Macau is currently a concessionary operator in the market.

The aviation veteran said the protection of an individual company would only limit the public’s choice to fly on a cheaper alternative and Macau had missed the opportunity to give the air travellers more options.

“They [LCCs] were pushed back through various steps of bureaucracy, it’s really a tragedy for Macau” - David Huttner

Antonio Jose M. Rato, Advisor to CAM Macau International Airport, agreed that if all conditions were well, LCCs would surge in market share. He told Macau Daily Times that Macau “should” and “has the potential” to have a local budget airline. He also said as the facility provider, the airport has been doing a lot of work to facilitate the development of aviation, and he stressed the government played an important part in deciding a proper policy for the industry’s development. The Civil Aviation Authority said they were not immediately able to comment on the issue.

Currently there are only a few budget airlines operating flights to and from Macau. They include the mainland’s Spring Airlines and Tiger Airlines of Singapore. An additional carrier providing direct flights between Macau and India is reported to be taking off soon.

Other speakers in the panel discussion included Kei Shibata, CEO & Co-Founder of online travel and leisure information portal Venture Republic Inc., Brendon Elliot, the Vice President of Sales and Resort marketing of the Venetian Macau, in whose resort the conference was held, and Zaman Ahmad, Regional Head of the budget airline Air Asia.

Talking about the key considerations for operating a budget airline, the speakers raised fuel prices, accessibility of an airport, language used in the destinations, as well as human resources. Most of the speakers predicted there would be a major budget airline appearing in Asia soon due to its continuous economic development. Mr. Rato expected that it would probably be a mainland Chinese operator due to the country’s huge population and service demand.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 01:11 PM   #229
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First budget airline linking Macau and India expected soon
06/09/2012 08:13:00
Macau Daily Times

The first low-cost direct flight between Macau and India may be available as soon as in November, according to the Portuguese newspaper Jornal Tribuna de Macau. The paper reported last Tuesday that that the Indian budget airline SpiceJet’s chief executive Neil Mills met Macau officials last week in India, after which the SAR officials disclosed that the airline was applying for direct flights linking the Indian capital of New Delhi to Macau. The request was made to the Indian government but hasn’t reached the Macau International Airport Co Ltd. Yet. The new flights will need a formal go-ahead from both Macau and Indian civil aviation authorities. Since its establishment in 2005, SpiceJet has rapidly developed into India’s third largest airline in market share. Headquartered in Chennai, the company is owned by billionaire Kalanithi Maran and generated an income of around USD 535.9 million in 2011. The number of Indian visitors to Macau reached over 170,000 last year. SpiceJet currently focuses on domestic flights inside India, with only four international flights to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.
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Old September 8th, 2012, 02:39 PM   #230
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Zest budget flight to Manila possible by November
07/09/2012
Macau Daily Times

The budget airline Zest Air is applying for a new direct flight from Macau to Manila. The Manila-based carrier’s top management expressed confidence that they could start as early as November.

To tap the vast potential of low-cost carriers (LCCs) in the populous region of Asia, budget airlines are aggressively expanding their coverage. On the sidelines of the CAPA’s LCCs & New Age Airlines conference held at the Venetian Macau, Mr. Brian Hogan, Chief Executive Advisor of Zest Air, told Macau Daily Times that the carrier is going to start a Macau route in two months: “We start, I believe in mid-November…maybe daily or five times a week…it’s only about an hour and thirty minutes from Manila, so I think it’s gonna fill in well.”

In response to MDT’s enquiries, the Macau Aviation Authority confirmed they had already received Zest’s application for the new flight between Macau and Manila, running three flights per week. The Authority would not speculate on the possibility of an approval, but stressed that the airline wanted to start in late November and the time period was sufficiently long enough for the required approval procedures, but the final decision will depend on whether the company meets all the technical requirements.

Mr. Hogan is confident that there will be enough passengers to fill the new seats: “When you look at other airlines, Singapore (Airlines) and Cebu Pacific, and I think they are doing okay. We’ve the right place and the right strategy.”

There are already some budget airlines flying between Macau and Manila. Asked about Zest’s competitiveness in terms of prices and services offered by the new flight, Mr. Hogan said, “we have to be (competitive), I don’t see a problem, we’re competitive on all fronts. Our cost structure is very close to Cebu Pacific, we drive our costs low so you’ve got the cheapest option”.

Asked if they were optimistic of the market, the aviation veteran replied: “Absolutely, we want to come to Macau, the great thing about Macau is when you look at the number of passengers coming in from (the) mainland and from international, and every year they got double-digit growth; and it’s a good destination for resorts, for the families and the like.”

Speaking about Macau’s capabilities for LCC development, the top manager revealed that “the authority has been quite helpful, and the airport is almost like a low-cost airport anyway, it’s five-minutes’ drive to the hotels, which is pretty cool. We’ve no problem with the cooperation here (from the authority).”

Asked if the Macau aviation market is open enough and if the government should be more aggressive in introducing competition to the industry, he was more cautious. “It’s up to the government to make its own decision, but from my perspective, it’s better to the consumers if we have more competition, because it’s gonna drive the average price down, and it’s good for everybody.”

As to whether Macau should and could have a local budget airline, Mr. Hogan said: “I don’t know the market well, but being in Asia for 12 years now, I can see people here are clamoring for low cost (carriers), because people only care about a good price. If you have a good brand, you’re safe, you’ve a good-quality product, and the market is right there.”

In comparison to earlier projections by other experts of a 50 percent market penetration rate by LCCs, Mr. Hogan expected the level to go up to as high as 78 percent. “More and more people are going to travel, it (aircraft) is the bus. In the Philippines we went from zero (in 2004) to 82 percent today. If that can happen in the Philippines, why can’t that happen in anywhere else?” he questioned.

During a panel discussion as part of the CAPA conference, Mr. Hogan said the challenge for LCCs is price competition: “Are you the lowest cost airline? And can you continue to drive your costs down?” he asked.

Other participants included Campbell Wilson, CEO of budget airline Scoot, and Garry Kingshott, Chief Executive Advisor of the budget airline Cebu Pacific. The moderator of the panel discussion, Richard Davis, pointed out that one of the constraints for LCCs was that many governments still don’t understand that airlines are economic generators and that airlines can’t operate alone, but instead in cooperation with airports, governments, and tourism authorities. He pointed out that the LCC market share stands at 25 percent on global average, and in northeast Asia it’s only 7 percent. “Build it (LCCs) and they (passengers) will come,” he told the audience.

Talking about operational difficulties, Mr. Kingshott said in addition to the language barrier, there were other issues in individual countries. For example in China, the military closes air space from time to time for particular reasons, causing operations problems for airlines.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 02:47 PM   #231
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Are there any renovation or modernization works on-going at Macau Airport?

The last news I've heard was that they opened a Mcdonlads branch there a few days ago.



http://www.macau-airport.com/en/medi...news/news/7866
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Are there any renovation or modernization works on-going at Macau Airport?

The last news I've heard was that they opened a Mcdonlads branch there a few days ago.



http://www.macau-airport.com/en/medi...news/news/7866
Airport expects 4.3m passengers in 2012: Business aviation on the way up
29/10/2012
Macau Daily Times

Macau International Airport expects a total of 4.3 million passengers this year, or 250,000 more than in 2011 due to growth in the tourism industry and the promotional efforts of the airlines.

Eric Fong, Manager of the Marketing Department of Macau International Airport Co. Ltd (CAM) was quoted by TDM as saying that the airport received 3.6m passengers up to October, representing a 9 percent year-on-year increase. For the year as a whole, the airport expects a passenger load of 4.3m, or a 6.2 percent increase year-on-year. He credited the upsurge to the development of the tourism sector that brought extra visitors by air, together with the promotional campaigns of the airlines.

The airport has five new carriers so far this year offering 3 new destinations including Vietnam and Taichung in Taiwan, with the total number of routes increasing to 31. Fong said they were planning to add new routes to India, mainland China and other regions in the near future to harmonize with the city’s ambition to develop itself into a world tourism and leisure hub.

CAM disclosed the latest figures on the city’s business aviation sector, which recorded a total of 1,174 flights in the first 9 months of this year, or 3.83 percent of the total of flights to and from in the airport. For the number of passengers using business aviation services, the total hit 5,577 in the same period, or 0.17 percent of the overall number. Both figures recorded a year-on-year increase, with the number of flights over the whole year expected to climb to 1,565 (4 percent of total flights), representing a 15.66 percent increase year-on-year.

The airport said since the launch of business aviation services in 1995, 3 airlines have registered in Macau specializing in this high-end sector, which will become a new target for expansion in the city’s aviation industry. A new hangar for business aircraft will be built by early next year to cope with the development of this high-potential sector due to the continuous emergence of new casino-resorts and luxury hotels in Macau. But the lack of professionals in the field may hinder its future development. The management expressed an urgent need to train more local employees to feed the industry’s growth. In preparation staff are sent to Britain, Hong Kong and Shanghai to learn about the strategies already in use to develop the lucrative business segment in those markets.
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Ah I see.

Anyways, I still believe that huge portions of the interior need to be renovated or modernized.

How much would something like this cost?

To put it in perspective:
-It costs USD$20 Billion to build the whole Hong Kong Airport (Chek Lap Kok)
-It costs USD60 million to renovate Taipei Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1

The whole of Macau airport is only (at most) half the size of Terminal 1 of Taoyuan Airport.

Renovating and modernizing Macau Airport shouldn't cost a lot imho. Macau has a lot of money. It shouldn't be *that* expensive.
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Ah I see.

Anyways, I still believe that huge portions of the interior need to be renovated or modernized.

How much would something like this cost?

To put it in perspective:
-It costs USD$20 Billion to build the whole Hong Kong Airport (Chek Lap Kok)
-It costs USD60 million to renovate Taipei Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1

The whole of Macau airport is only (at most) half the size of Terminal 1 of Taoyuan Airport.

Renovating and modernizing Macau Airport shouldn't cost a lot imho. Macau has a lot of money. It shouldn't be *that* expensive.
Well, Macau airport has been suffering a dying fate over the past few years with dwindling passengers. Add to that cross-strait flights between Taiwan and China, and I don't expect this airport to be viable in the long-term.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 05:12 AM   #235
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Macau Airport traffic grew 11 percent last year
09/01/2013 08:15:00
Macau Daily Times

In 2012 Macau International Airport handled 4.49 million passengers and 41,997 flights. The increase of eleven and eight percent respectively over the previous year exceeded the forecast target for 2012.

In a press release yesterday, the airport stated that they had provided strong diversified travelling options for passengers, and in 2012 five new airlines - including Mandarin Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Thai Smile, Air Busan and Air Asia Philippines - commenced operations in Macau. “The Southeast Asia market has become the major market source and performed particularly well in 2012, which accounted for 37 percent of the overall passenger market of Macau International Airport, with Mainland China at 32 percent and Taiwan at 31 percent.”

Last October, Macau International Airport projected an expected total of 4.3 million passengers for 2012, due to growth in the tourism industry and the promotional efforts of the airlines. CAM credited the upsurge to the development of the tourism sector that saw additional visitors by air, together with the promotional campaigns of the airlines.

The airport has five new carriers offering three new destinations - including Vietnam and Taichung in Taiwan, with the total number of routes increasing to 31. The airport said they were planning to add new routes to India, Mainland China and other regions in the near future to coincide with the city’s ambition to develop itself into a world tourism and leisure hub.
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Is there a particular reason why the government is protecting Air Macau? As a mass tourism destination it is better off letting the airline die and declaring itself open skies for all.
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Is there a particular reason why the government is protecting Air Macau? As a mass tourism destination it is better off letting the airline die and declaring itself open skies for all.
Typical oldies thinking of protecting their "flag" carrier, even though this flag only has half a million people under it.

The government is probably concerned Macau's airport will need to close if Air Macau disappears completely, which would mean the transit traffic from Taiwan will shift to Hong Kong.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 06:38 AM   #238
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Inauguration Ceremony of Air Macau Macau – Shenyang v.v. Route
2013/1/9
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1. On 9th January 2013, Air Macau held inauguration ceremony of Macau – Shenyang v.v. Route at airside, Departure Level, Macau International Airport.

4. In order to celebrate this route operation, MGTO prepared a souvenir for each passenger taking the flight no. - NX067 from Shenyang to Macau on 9th January 2013.

5. From 9th Jan. until 9th May 2013, Galaxy Macau™ offered 100 free hotel rooms for the inbound Business class passengers purchasing Air Macau business class ticket from Shenyang. Each of the first 100 Business class passengers, can get one Galaxy Hotel™ free night hotel room.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 08:52 AM   #239
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Typical oldies thinking of protecting their "flag" carrier, even though this flag only has half a million people under it.

The government is probably concerned Macau's airport will need to close if Air Macau disappears completely, which would mean the transit traffic from Taiwan will shift to Hong Kong.
The Taiwan transfer traffic will only further shrink as direct flights increase. MFM has the perfect conditions to become a low-cost hub: huge tourist O&D market, convenient transportation links to the mainland and Hong Kong, open visa requirements, and starting from 2016 it will be less than one hour drive from Hong Kong. By then MFM can be Hong Kong's second airport for airlines wishing to avoid HKIA's high fees. Is Macau really that protectionist?
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The Taiwan transfer traffic will only further shrink as direct flights increase. MFM has the perfect conditions to become a low-cost hub: huge tourist O&D market, convenient transportation links to the mainland and Hong Kong, open visa requirements, and starting from 2016 it will be less than one hour drive from Hong Kong. By then MFM can be Hong Kong's second airport for airlines wishing to avoid HKIA's high fees. Is Macau really that protectionist?
HKIA is not an expensive airport in Asia to use. They're certainly not charging Narita-style fees. I actually think once the bridge opens, Macau's airport will die even faster since they can easily get to HKIA.

We haven't seen a major LCC operation out of Macau these days either.
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