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Old March 18th, 2005, 09:57 AM   #81
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I suggest using the Shun Tak terminal. The schedules are more frequent since they are the primary ferry terminal for Macau-bound ships.

New Ferry has a service from Tsim Sha Tsui. The prices are about the same. Click for more information .
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Old March 18th, 2005, 10:00 AM   #82
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You'll be better off using the Shun Tak terminal. The schedules are more frequent since they are the primary ferry terminal for Macau-bound ships.
Is the Shun Tak Terminal near any MTR station??
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Old March 18th, 2005, 10:40 AM   #83
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Is the Shun Tak Terminal near any MTR station??
can be accessed by walk from Sheung Wan MTR Stn.
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Old March 18th, 2005, 10:42 AM   #84
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can be accessed by walk from Sheung Wan MTR Stn.
OK.....thanks......
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Old March 19th, 2005, 06:45 AM   #85
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Macau International Airport attended the "First Logistic Summit on Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau" in Shenzhen
2005-03-17

A delegation of the Macau International Airport Company Limited led by Mr. Cui Guang, Director of Logistic Cargo Development, representing the Company attended the "First Logistic Summit on Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau" in Shenzhen which was jointly organized by the Shenzhen Municipal Office of the Leading Group for Logistics Development, Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and the Bureau of Economy of the Macao SAR Government.

The two-day Summit took place at Shenzhen Wuzhou Guest House; it was the first designed topic since the implementation of CEPA and the Pan-PRD Regional Co-operation Framework Agreement. The Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, Mr Liu Yingli delivered the opening address of the Forum unfolding the current logistics development of Shenzhen. More than 200 industry practitioners from the logistics sectors in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau attended this "First Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Logistics Summit".

The focus of the summit is to explore competitive advantages of the three cities´ logistics sectors and identify the areas for co-operation for sustainable development. Government officials and industry leaders from the three cities presented their latest developments in customs and logistics policies and regulations, logistics infrastructure, industry trends and e-logistics technologies. After the Forum's proceedings, the delegates had the opportunity to visit some of the industry´s entities in Shenzhen.

Mr. Franco Kwan, Manager and Mr. Stanley Sam, officer of Logistic Cargo Development represented Macau International Airport Co. Ltd attended in this summit as well.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 05:54 PM   #86
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Macau plans to Wow the world
Zach Coleman
25 March 2005
Hong Kong Standard

After decades as a day-trip destination for Hong Kong's ferry-riding multitudes, Macau now welcomes busloads of mainlanders on excursion.

But former Cathay Pacific Airways executive Andrew Pyne intends to bring visitors by the planeful from Europe, the Middle East, North America and Africa.

"We're not viewing Macau as a transit point but as an exciting destination," said Pyne, the public face of the yet-secret band of investors from Macau, Hong Kong, Australia, Italy and the United States who are raising US$30 million (HK$234 million) to launch airline Wow Macau later this year. "This place is booming."

As a startup, Wow is keen to avoid head-to-head competition so the lack of long-distance flights from Macau appeals to Pyne's group more than Hong Kong's saturated marketplace. Macau officials have negotiated air services agreements with 41 countries, but only six are presently served by passenger flights, another reason for Wow to skip Hong Kong's long route licensing process.

Operating from Macau, however, requires the consent of Air Macau as the incumbent holds a 25-year legal monopoly on offering commercial flights there. Talks are advancing and Pyne expects the two airlines to work out an agreement to channel traffic betweenAir Macau's regional flights and Wow's planned long-haul routes. Air Macau's best customers are Taiwanese traveling to mainland China on business or pleasure, few of whom stop off in the territory for a look around. Officially, 5 percent of the 2.9 million people who visited Macau in the first two months of the year came by air, but that figure includes people transiting between flights here and nearby cities by road or sea. Pyne believes Wow can help raise the air share up to 15 percent. He anticipates carrying one million passengersannually within two years with an initial fleet of five leased Boeing 757 and 767 jets, which are both mid-sized and mid-range.

Generating those passenger numberswill require extending Wow's targetmarket to include some passengers traveling to and from Hong Kong and nearby mainland cities, Pyne admitted. Acknowledging that Wow will need to provide an incentive beyond price to fly via Macau, Pyne said the carrier will sell tickets through innovative channels that he declined to reveal and will offer a much broader range of food, entertainmentand seating choices than the conventionalclass options of economy, business or first.

Wow currently has a staff of 14, but Pyne sees that growing to 400 by launch. He expects the carrier will operate 10 planes within four years and he has his sights on introducing the new mid-sized, long-range Boeing 787 model by 2010. Pyne expects Wow to generate at least 20 percent of revenue from carrying cargo.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 06:53 PM   #87
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Business Times - 25 Mar 2005

Tiger Airways launches service to gambling enclave of Macau

HONG KONG - Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways on Friday launched flights between the Republic and the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.

Tiger Airways, a unit of Singapore Airlines, said it will fly five times a week between Singapore and Macau, a former Portuguese colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1999.

"Tiger Airways is excited to add Macau as our new destination," said Tony Davis, the airline's chief executive. "Given we are the only service between the two vibrant cities, we hope to play our part in boosting the economy and tourism locally."

Macau is 60 kilometres west of Hong Kong and attracts thousands of Hong Kong and Chinese gamblers who have no casinos at home.

Mr Davis said in a statement that the airline will further expand its service in the region in the next two months. It will launch flights to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and Manila, the Philippines' capital, in April and to Indonesia's Padang city in May.

Copyright © 2005 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 07:19 PM   #88
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Airline passengers end fog delay row with EVA Airways
8 February 2005
The China Post

Two groups of airline passengers ended protests against overnight delays in flights from Macau and went home yesterday after EVA Airways paid each of them NT$2,500 as compensation for the inconveniences.

The protesters were among 596 passengers stranded at Macau airport and were forced to spend the night there due to heavy fog at Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek International Airport.

The fog, which reduced visibility to less than 100 meters forced postponement of more than 100 international and domestic flights in the past two days.

The passengers for the two EVA Airways flights were scheduled to return last night but didn't reach CKS airport until 800 a.m. and 1210 p.m. respectively.

Both groups refused to leave their aircrafts for about an hour, claiming they had been ignored by the airline, which they said was trying to avoid putting them up in a Macau hotel for the night.

"The airline repeatedly lied to us. Time and again they told us to stand by at various boarding gates. What they did was aimed at saving the due accommodation fees," one passenger said.

More than a dozen of police officers finally managed to persuade the passengers to disembark after an hour.

But the passengers carried their protest into the EVA Airways counter at the airport, where they demanded US$200 plus ground transportation service to take them to the three metropolises -- Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung -- as compensation from EVA Airways, police officials said.

An EVA Airways spokesman said weather could not be used to demand compensation for delays. "Weather is a factor beyond our control," he said.

Aviation officials and police officers also emphasized that the regulations prohibit passengers from engaging in sit-ins or protests of other forms due to forces majeur.

But following negotiations, the airline agreed to give NT$2,500 (US$78.86) and a meal coupon worth US$20 to each of the passengers who later embarked on trips home for the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays.

But some passengers declined the offer saying they would ask a non-profit consumers protection group to arbitrate the dispute.

Officials of the Consumers Foundation pointed out that although the heavy fog was beyond human control, the airlines were still obligated to provide passengers with assistance for food, beverages, and boarding.

They said it didn't surprise them that passengers became emotional after they were forced to spend the whole night Sunday at the Macau airport and changed boarding gates seven or eight times as told by airline staff but were still unable to get on the planes until yesterday morning.
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Old March 26th, 2005, 03:13 AM   #89
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Macau International Airport Co. Ltd. participates in New Route Asia 2005
2005-03-07

A delegation of the Macau International Airport Co. Ltd. participated the third annual New Route Asia 2005 which took place from 7th - 8th March 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. New Route Asia is a forum designed to bring airlines and airports together to discuss future market opportunities. It is a regional event focused entirely on the development of air services within the Asia Pacific region and this year.with over 300 delegates in attendance at this year´s event - a record for this event.

A promotional booth was jointly set up by Macau International Airport Co. Ltd. and Menzies Macau Airport Services Ltd., where the forum participants had access to Macau International Airport Co. Ltd.´s video and information of the airport services and facilities and its latest achievements, namely the CAPA Asia Pacific Airport of the Year, 2004.

During the proceedings of the forum the representatives from the Macau International Airport Co. Ltd. held meetings with both airlines and airports. Macau´s aviation environment as well as the latest developments in the infrastructure, tourism, gaming and entertainment were the main topics the airlines discussed with the MIA representatives. A lot of airlines showed interested in Macau International Airport and will plan inspection trips to Macau shortly.. Information and experience sharing also took place when meeting with colleagues from other Asian Airports.

Mr. Neo Liu, Manager of Marketing Department, Ms. Patricia Au, Assistant Manager of Marketing Department and Mr. João Antunes, Assistant Manager of Communications Department represented Macau International Airport Co. Ltd in this forum.
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In 2004, Macau International Airport handled a total of 3,714,259 passengers.
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Old April 1st, 2005, 07:07 AM   #93
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Nok Air in race to tap Thai travel boom
Zach Coleman
1 April 2005
The Standard

Thai discount carrier Nok Air plans to start services in July from Bangkok to Macau, making the SAR its first internationaldestination.

Chief executive Patee Sarasin said he is targeting Macau as a stepping-stone into the mainland and because he expects interest in travel to the territory to surge in Thailand.

"It's just a gambling center for now," he said. "I think within the next two years, Macau is going to sprout into a center of entertainment for Asia."

Thailand emerged as Macau's fastest-growing source of visitors last year, sending 41,841 residents to the SAR, a 131 percent jump on 2003.

Patee said Nok Air wants to operate flights from Macau to mainland cities and that he is setting up a team in the SAR to pursue this strategy.

Flying from here will require the consent of Air Macau as it holds a 25-year monopoly on local commercial airline operations, but Patee said Nok Air is not yet in talks with the carrier.

Air Macau's favor is much in demandas Australia's Virgin Blue Airlines and local group Wow Macau are also seeking permission for flights from the territory.

As an intermediate step, Patee said, Nok Air will introduce flights to Shenzhen and other mainland cities from Bangkok, possibly by year-end.

Even for the Macau-Bangkok flights, Nok Air is counting on drawing many customers from the mainland to tap interest there in travel to Thailand.

Though he expects most early passengers on the new flights to be Thai, Patee said familiarity with Nok Air has already spread beyond Thailand, citing internal figures showing up to 30 percentof passengers on some domestic routes to be foreigners. Macau airport officials started courting Patee even beforeNok launched last summer.

The airline, in which Thai Airways International holds a 39 percent stake, has made its mark in Thailand's cut-throat domestic market with sales innovations, such as distributing tickets through 7-Eleven stores, video rental outlets and ATMs.

To ease its entry into Macau, Nok Air is in talks to enlist local travel agents to promote its flights, but Patee said it will also carve out some new channels here. "It could be ATMs," he said.

Nok Air also distinguishes itself from other discount carriers by offering business class service. For an extra 500 baht (HK$99), domestic passengers get a bigger seat, a drink and a snack, a newspaper, double baggage-weight allowance and looser rules on bookings.

Nok Air will offer the same class of service on its Macau flights using the same Boeing 737-400 jets but will also introduce something new that Patee insists on keeping secret.

"It's a new kind of service," he said. "It'll be the talk of the town."

Nok Air's Bangkok-Macau flights will compete directly with those offered by Air Macau and AirAsia, another discountcarrier that is battling Nok Air on Thai domestic routes. AirAsia flies from Macau twice a day and Air Macau goes four times a week, with Thai Airways also selling seats on its flights.

Nok Air will initially fly the route once a day. Patee is confident demand will be sufficient to sustain entry of anotherairline. Nok Air will emphasize its innovations rather than aim to be the cheapest carrier, he said.

Patee's comments come as Singapore discount carrier Tiger Airways grabbed the spotlight this week by offering limited tickets on its new Macau-Singapore flights for a pre-tax price of HK$45 each way. AirAsia introduced its Macau-Bangkok flights at the promotional pre-tax price of 149 patacas (HK$145).

Patee indicated that Nok Air is also choosing to fly north to Macau because of the heavy competition on "southern"routes such as Bangkok-Singapore,a corridor served by several budget carriers as well as full-service airlines. "That market is very much saturated," he said. Macau beat out other airports in this area as Nok Air's first target because of its low fees.
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Old April 2nd, 2005, 06:31 PM   #94
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Air Macau Swings to 6.8 Mln Euro Profit - 2004
30 March 2005
Portuguese News Digest

Flag carrier Air Macau, in which Portuguese flag carrier TAP Air Portugal has a stake, ended 2004 with a net profit of 71 mln Macao patacas ($8.9 mln/6.8 mln euro), it was reported on March 30, 2005.

The carrier posted a net loss of 150 mln patacas ($18.7 mln/14.5 mln euro) for 2003.

The 2004 results followed a recovery of the Asian airlines market, after the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic outbreak in China, Hong Kong and other southeastern Asian countries in the first six months of 2003. The outbreak resulted in a loss of some 500,000 passengers and the cancellation of some 100 flights for Air Macau in 2003.

Air Macau flies a fleet of five Airbus A321 aircraft, one Airbus A320, five Airbus A319, and three cargo aircraft. The company operates 14 regional routes, eight to China continental, two to Taiwan and one to Bangkok, Manila and Seoul each.

Air Macau's was established in September 1994 and its main shareholder is the aviation conglomerate China National Aviation Corp with 51 pct.
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Monday April 11, 1:31 PM
New Macau airline to launch later this year

AP - Startup airline Macau Eagle Aviation Services Ltd. said it expects to begin operations this year after completing a sub-license agreement with Air Macau Co., the territory's only airline.

Macau Eagle, whose airline will be marketed under the brand name of WOW! Macau, said it will complement Air Macau by "feeding overseas traffic to its existing mainland China- and Taiwan-focused route network."

"We intend to welcome customers to our services well before the end of the year," Macau Eagle Chief Executive Andrew Pyne said in a statement e-mailed to reporters over the weekend.

Pyne said a firm launch date and service plans will be announced when it completes agreement with Air Macau.

Macau has emerged as a cheaper alternative to neighboring Hong Kong as an airline base. Several new budget carriers are considering locating there.

The southern Chinese gambling enclave is also attractive because of a tourism boom amid a resurgent casino industry.

Macau Eagle, had reportedly also been considering Hong Kong as a base. But Pyne said it now favors Macau because of support from the local government and business community.

Air Macau, now the territory's sole airline, is majority owned by China National Aviation Co., a Chinese government company. Macau tycoon Stanley Ho also has a large interest in the carrier.
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Asian airlines place bets on Macao
Enclave is a natural hub but Chinese airports pose long-term threat
By JUSTINE LAU
9 May 2005
Financial Times

Low-cost carriers are making strong inroads into southern Asia. In Australia, Virgin Blue flies one in three domestic passengers. Malaysia's Air Asia accounts for roughly the same share of that country's domestic market and Singapore is building the region's first low-cost airport terminal.

But with the exception of Japan, the region's biggest aviation market, North Asia has remained reluctant to embrace the budget airline industry due to the slowness in deregulating the sector.

This is set to change. Although still keen to protect its three big airlines, China is slowly relaxing its rules to allow some carriers to offer discount domestic flights. In Hong Kong, the recently formed Oasis Airline is reportedly planning to launch low-cost, long-haul services by end of the year.

Industry executives and analysts say Macao, the former Portuguese colony that is already a destination for low-cost carriers including Air Asia and Singapore's Tiger Airways, is taking the lead and looks more likely to become a North Asian hub.

"Macao is a natural hub for low-cost carriers, with substantially lower costs than neighbouring Hong Kong and a highly incentivised environment for tourism development," says Ian Thomas, senior consultant for the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Macao's economy has been growing rapidly since last year, when foreign-owned casinos began operations. Tourist arrivals grew 40 per cent to 16.7m in 2004, or 36 times the enclave's population. Airport arrivals, however, remained low at 3.7m, partly because Air Macao, the monopoly carrier, has been under-utilising the city's 42 bilateral air service agreements.

The airline, awarded a 25-year exclusive operating licence in 1995, only flies to three countries other than China and Taiwan.

"We made a deliberate decision in June 2003 that Macao should become a low-cost hub. We are fully aware that things will have to change if we want to achieve this," says John Chan, executive director of Macao International Airport.

To this end, Air Macao, 51 per cent owned by mainland state-controlled China National Aviation Corporation, has been in talks with three carriers on sub-concession agreements.

Mr Chan expects Virgin Blue to be the first airline to strike a deal with the home carrier by end of the year while start-ups WOW! Macao and Golden Dragon are likely to win similar rights in the next 12 months.

After that, Mr Chan expects the number of budget flights in Macao to rise from about 5 per cent of the total now to as much as 15 per cent in two years.

Macao airport, which likes to compare itself with London's Stansted airport, will then serve as a cheaper entry point to the Pearl River Delta, or PRD - the southern Chinese industrial region around Hong Kong.

Landing fees in Macau are about 30 to 35 per cent lower than those of Hong Kong, Mr Chan says. Hong Kong, in turn, is about 30 per cent cheaper than Chinese airports, according to the International Air Transport Association.

But Macao is not without its own challenges.

The 10-year-old airport is set to reach its passenger capacity of 6m in three years, according to Simon Chan, acting president of the Civil Aviation Authority.

Although it is currently building five new cargo parking stands, the airport has not yet finalised a proposal to expand its passenger capacity.

The other challenge is Macao's small home market. More than half of the 3.7m people who used the Macao airport last year were transit passengers travelling between Taiwan and China. The bulk of its tourists come from China and Hong Kong by bus or ferry.

The airport, therefore, is heavily exposed to competition for passengers with its bigger and - some argue - more efficient rivals in the PRD. Besides, some budget carriers are already bypassing Hong Kong and Macao and flying to China direct, although they are unlikely to gain access to premier cities such as Shanghai and Beijing in the near future.

Macao's supporters are optimistic.

If the enclave's casino industry continues its breakneck growth, many believe Macao, which aims to become Asia's Las Vegas, will emerge as a significant destination for tourists worldwide.

Sheldon Adelson, owner of Las Vegas Sands, which is building a USDollars 12bn casino project in the city, has forecast that 35m to 40m people will be visiting Macao annually in seven to 10 years.
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Virgin loses Macau gamble
Steve Creedy
12 May 2005
The Australian

The domestic airline bets on trans-Pacific route

VIRGIN Blue has abandoned its high-profile attempt to start a joint venture airline in Macau, as it turns its international focus on a potential trans-Pacific airline. Virgin terminated the long-running Macau talks on Friday, after it was unable to reach an agreement with potential partners about starting a low-cost operation from the fast-growing gambling destination. It is understood the decision was made by Virgin Blue chief executive Brett Godfrey.

Virgin Blue spokeswoman Heather Jeffery last night confirmed reports that the Macau talks had ended. "Yes, it is the case that we've formally concluded our discussions," she said. "Suffice to say, it didn't meet the requirement of all parties at this point in time.

"Virgin had hoped to form a low-cost airline with incumbent carrier Air Macau, China National Aviation Corp and Shun Tak Holdings, controlled by casino tycoon Stanley Ho. In 1995 Air Macau was granted a 25-year exclusive operating licence but the undercapitalised carrier was only servicing nine of the 31 Chinese cities to which it has rights to fly. The joint venture airline aimed to boost services and feed the territory's booming casino industry with gamblers.

Virgin Blue had been locked in talks for months when low-cost carrier WOW announced in April it would start services in Macau, and another company, Golden Dragon, also started talks with Air Macau.Virgin's decision to pull out of Macau comes as the airline confirmed it had submitted documents to the Australian Department of Transport outlining proposals for a trans-Pacific airline.

Ms Jeffery would not comment on the substance of the airline's proposal but confirmed it had lodged a document outlining its thoughts on the route. "We have had discussions and we'll be presenting more of our position in time," she said. It is understood the airline is lobbying the Government to delay Singapore Airline's entry into the market until it can develop its own plans to fly across the Pacific. It reportedly argued that it needed at least a year to 18 months to develop its international model and Singapore's entry during this time would damage both its international ambitions and domestic assets.Cabinet discussed the issue briefly this week and is expected to return to it next month.

The entry of Virgin chairman Chris Corrigan into the debate will be setting off alarm bells in Singapore, which now finds itself battling both Australian domestic carriers.
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Air Macau opens 2nd daily flight on Macao-Beijing route
18 May 2005
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MACAO, May 18 (CEIS) -- The Macao-based Air Macau on May 18 operated its second daily flight on the route from Macao to Beijing.

To mark the opening of the fresh flight, merchant prizes as free tickets, digital cameras and mobile phones are offered to passengers who get the win-cards from Air Macau's web-page, said the company.

Air Macau has reinforced its 12-strong air craft squad by purchasing a new A321 air bus, making the total 13, it said.

The air company is to open the third daily flight between Macao and Beijing early in 2006, it said.
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UPDATED: 14:27, June 05, 2005
Air Macao sees stronger passenger stream

Air Macau, the only air company in the Macao Special Administrative Region of China, saw a record high of over 170,000 passengers flow in May.

The total passenger turn-out of was 170,551 in May, breaking record in the company's decade-long operation history, according to statistics issued by Air Macau on Sunday.

The figures showed that the passenger turn-out has also witnessed a 26-percent increase in the first five months over the same period of 2004.

Air Macau has recently implemented a package of management policies as increasing international flight numbers to achieve a 14-month non-stop pay-off.

Source: Xinhua
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Macau resumes budget carrier hunt
Investors being courted but authorities are ready to go it alone if necessary
Russell Barling
7 June 2005
South China Morning Post

Aviation authorities in Macau are again courting strategic investors for a low-cost carrier to replace the deal that collapsed last month when frustrated management at Virgin Blue walked away after 18 months of talks.

The authorities, including the Macau branch of the General Administration of Civil Aviation for China (CAAC Macau), are talking to executives and airlines from the low-cost industry to slot into the place vacated by Virgin Blue.

"[CAAC Macau officials] believe it is a project with good potential and they are determined to go ahead even if it means proceeding by themselves," said a Macau-based executive. "They have contacted some airlines, and some of them appear to be interested."

It is understood the latest courtship, successful or not, will have minimal impact on talks with Golden Dragon and Wow!Macau, two start-ups in talks with Air Macau for sub-concession licences to operate from Macau.

Golden Dragon, which had been targeting mainland destinations to serve with a fleet of 70-seat Embraer aircraft, has completed the negotiations for its sub-concession and requires only a formal signing, according to sources close to the company.

Wow!Macau chief executive Andrew Pyne, who has been pushing for regional and medium-haul destinations in Europe and the Middle East, said negotiations with his company were also progressing well.

"There may be some regional points that we will be disappointed on because of the new [low-cost carrier] development, but we'll take the rough and smooth," Mr Pyne said yesterday. "The main thing is that we end up with a working network and something that makes sense."

Mr Pyne would not say which regional destinations had been taken off the table during the talks. But with Air Macau flying to or having aspirations for Seoul, Singapore, Manila and Bangkok, the possibility of approval for those cities is thought to be remote.

It is understood Virgin Blue walked away last month after Air Macau, majority owned by China National Aviation Corp, waited until the 11th hour to pull Hangzhou and Taiwan from its destination list. Budget heavyweights Ryanair and Air Asia are also thought to have failed to work out a deal with the Macau negotiating team.

Mr Pyne said he was prepared to co-exist with a new low-cost carrier, which will probably be 51 per cent owned by Air Macau. "We know we can't go into Macau and encroach on Air Macau's patch," he said.

An expected flood of gamblers and tourists to Macau over the next few years prompted the government to order Air Macau to surrender its exclusive concession. The airport handled 960,000 passengers in the first quarter, up a comparative 24.7 per cent.

"It looks crowded with four home carriers but, to a certain extent, we're clear of that entanglement because we are still focused on the longer sectors that for technical reasons are beyond the reach of the others," Mr Pyne said. "There will be quite a tangle on the two to three-hour sectors, but I think we are a little further afield and that is the strength of our business plan."
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