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Old June 17th, 2005, 06:57 PM   #101
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Golden Dragon wins flights deal
Alman Loong, Hong Kong Standard
June 16, 2005

Golden Dragon, one of three start-up airlines in Macau, has won regulatory approval to fly to 10 destinations, after agreeing with the Macau government to largely avoid routes offered by Air Macau's new budget airline and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines.

Golden Dragon received rights to fly to mainland cities Nanning, Shijiazhuang, Nanchung, Zhengzhou, Jinan, Changsha, Guangzhou and Hohhot, as well as Hanoi in Vietnam and Vientiane in Laos, said an industry source.

The approvals came after it reached a sub-concession license agreement with Air Macau to operate from the city. Sources earlier said tycoon Stanley Ho's helicopter unit, East Asia Airlines, will take a majority stake in Golden Dragon after the sub-concession talks.

"Golden Dragon only has three destinations overlapping with Dragonair's existing ones, reflecting the government's arrangements during the negotiations," said the source.

Dragonair and Air Macau are controlled by China National Aviation Corp. Golden Dragon's approved destinations also largely avoid competition with Hong Kong Express, a Hong Kong-based budget airline also controlled by Ho, which has been granted rights to fly to Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chongqing and Ningbo.

"Both companies will not complete with each other," said Hong Kong Express chief executive Andrew Tse.

Golden Dragon will need to invest 160 million patacas (HK$155.3 million) to develop the business and pay 10 percent of total investment to the Macau government for the license. It will lease two 75-seat Embraer aircraft this year and plans to schedule flights next year, said the source. "Golden Dragon will act as a regional airline in the future, not a low-cost carrier," he said.

Macau is an attractive base for budget carriers because of its low airport charges and the rosy outlook for its gaming-led tourism sector.

Air Macau along with two partners plans to start a budget airline at the end of the year in which it will invest US$30 million (HK$234 million) for a 51 percent stake. The new carrier will fly 22 mainland and regional routes with four aircraft to be delivered next year. Wow Macau, another start-up in talks with Air Macau for sub-concession licenses, has been pushing for medium-haul destinations in Europe and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong-based budget carrier Oasis Hong Kong Airlines has applied to the Air Transport Licensing Authority for six destinations - London Gatwick, Cologne/Bonn, Berlin, Milan, Oakland and Chicago.

However, the Civil Aviation Department said it has not yet granted it an air operator's certificate.
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Old June 18th, 2005, 09:28 PM   #102
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Macau eyes Zhuhai airport for growth
Zach Coleman
17 June 2005
Hong Kong Standard

Macau could emerge as the dark-horse winner among the prospective suitors of troubled Zhuhai Airport.

Hong Kong International Airport has been keen to link up with Zhuhai on concern that airports in Guangzhou and Shenzhen are diverting mainland- bound or originating traffic that would have previously come to Hong Kong. Partnering with Zhuhai could give Hong Kong a route to recapture profit from this development.

Guangzhou's Baiyun International Airport is also reportedly eyeing Zhuhai.

Macau, however, might be the most logical partner for Zhuhai. Only Macau is a neighbor of Zhuhai and, where Macau is crowded and strapped for space, Zhuhai's vast undeveloped acreage is already attracting attention from Macau investors and officials seeking room to expand.

Zhuhai Airport, which has been losing money since its opening 10 years ago due to under-utilization, would fit into this pattern.

John Chan, executive director of Macau International Airport, said European consultants are currently drawing up a plan on how to meet the airport's needs for facilities in the next five years. He expects the consultants to recommend doubling the size of the airport's terminal and reclaiming land to move maintenance facilities to create more plane parking spaces.

Already, the airport is adding five parking stands and doubling its cargo terminal space. The current terminal can handle six million passengers a year.

Chan said he expects airport traffic this year to come close to a record 4.2 million passengers handled in 2002. Given plans afoot for new airlines and resorts in the territory, Chan said: "In 2007, I think we will cross six million.''

The airport has just one runway and the cost of building it in the waters of Macau's outer harbor accounted for much of the airport's HK$9.3 billion construction budget, said Chan.

Building a second runway at today's costs and starting from the greater depths further offshore would require a huge outlay.

Consequently, aviation officials are eyeing Zhuhai's runway as an expansion outlet, especially for domestic mainland traffic. Chan said many visitors from northern China are already flying to Guangzhou and Shenzhen and proceeding to Macau by bus or ferry. With coordination, these passengers could be channeled via Zhuhai.

The two airports have held several rounds of talks, and Chan said he believes Zhuhai will have to make a decision among its suitors soon.

Andrew Miller, director of consulting for the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation in Sydney, said support from Macau airport management could help turn around Zhuhai's fortunes. The center chose Macau as its airport of the year in 2004. "They're entrepreneurial, they're on the ball,'' Miller said.
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Old August 9th, 2005, 05:36 AM   #103
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HK-listed Shun Tak eyes launch of budget carrier in Macau in Oct - report
5 August 2005
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - Shun Tak Holdings aims to reach an agreement with Air Macau to set up a discount airline in Macau by October, South China Morning Post reported, citing Shun Tak chief executive Pansy Ho Chiu-king the daughter of Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho.

Shun Tak and Air Macau are currently in talks relating to the budget airline after Australia's Virgin Blue Holdings withdrew from discussions earlier this year, she said.

She said Shun Tak hopes to reach an agreement with Air Macau by the third quarter.

Malaysia's AirAsia and Singapore-based Tiger Airways are currently offering flights to Macau.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 04:55 AM   #104
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Macau's skies set to get crowded as three new airlines take wing
12 August 2005
South China Morning Post

The dust appears to be settling on the airline shake-out in Macau, with three soon-to-be start-ups having carved out the niches they will serve - at least in principle.

Shun Tak Holdings managing director Pansy Ho Chiu-king is on the verge of getting a stake in an as-yet unnamed but nevertheless coveted low-cost carrier.

Shun Tak will share minority interests with Hong Kong-listed China National Aviation Co (CNAC).

Air Macau, which is majority held by CNAC Macau and which has been gracious enough - albeit with some state prodding - to surrender its monopoly in the city and negotiate sub-concessions with the newcomers, will receive 51 per cent.

According to people on the ground in Macau, Ms Ho's budget carrier has gained approval in principle to fly to 16 regional destinations, including cities in Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea and on the mainland.

The same source told Below Deck the airline already had a deal in place for six Boeing 737 aircraft.

Ms Ho, the source said, was expected to make an announcement about the airline - and its closely guarded name - in a matter of days.

An executive who works for one of the shareholding companies was more cautious.

"We are about to submit all the legal documents and the sub-concession to the government," he said.

"Until the government approves, we cannot announce other details. It is no secret that the low-cost carrier will be a subsidiary of Air Macau. But no final decision has been made on the number or type of aircraft."

There had been speculation that the airline would favour A320 aircraft to capitalise on the benefits of sharing a common fleet with its majority shareholder; Air Macau has eight A320 family aircraft.

However, the executive did acknowledge that an agreement in principle had been reached with Air Macau on a route network.

That was all it took last week for Golden Dragon Airlines, the new airline controlled by Ms Ho's father, casino magnate Stanley Ho Hung-sun, to trumpet its arrival. So we could be hearing from Ms Ho's entourage soon.

None of the three Macau start-ups have signed a sub-concession agreement yet.

It is understood that a deal with the third new entrant, Wow!Macau, will be reached after Ms Ho's venture gets the requisite attention with its pending launch.

According to the source, Golden Dragon and Wow!Macau, which has been approved in principle by Air Macau's executive committee to serve destinations outside a four-hour flight zone, have agreed to a 10 per cent capital levy as a condition of their sub-concessions.

None of the contracts have received the government's stamp of approval, so it all remains up in the air.

But one would think that officialdom would be amenable to most arrangements, given Macau's acute need for more flights than its airline can offer.

Macau's Cotai strip is expected to see a sixfold increase in the number of hotel rooms on offer in the next five years to 70,000.

Most of the rooms will be high-end and will require a different mix of clientele than those who now frequent Macau. At present, the average length of stay for a Macau visitor is 1.3 days, compared with 3.7 days in Las Vegas, the city it aspires to emulate.

Only 6 per cent of visitors to Macau arrive by air, against 50 per cent in Vegas.

Macau needs to liberalise its aviation regime to attract a higher calibre of visitor.

As the monopoly carrier for the city, Air Macau utilises only 25 per cent of its 42 air service agreements with other countries.

A dose of competition will be just what the doctor ordered to awaken the sleepy enclave.

China, of course, is the market with the most potential visitors. With Ms Ho's airline apparently destined to compete on some of the eight mainland routes recently awarded in principle to Golden Dragon, there is even the prospect of market-regulated ticket prices. They are targeting different markets - Golden Dragon is more a premium economy provider with its 76-seat Embraer aircraft, however, there should be some overlap.

Wow!Macau, on the other hand, looks well positioned for the longer-haul market.

"It looks initially to be a crowded environment with four carriers," Wow!Macau chief executive Andrew Pyne told Below Deck last month.

"There could be quite a tangle in terms of the two- to three-hour short sectors. But I think we're a little further afield and that is one of the strengths of our business plan."
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Old August 16th, 2005, 06:42 AM   #105
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Shun Tak to take stake in Macau low-cost airline-paper

HONG KONG, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Shun Tak Holdings , the property and entertainment group controlled by casino magnate Stanley Ho, will take up to a 30 percent stake in Air Macau's planned US$30 million low-cost carrier, the Standard newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Air Macau Co. Ltd. will control a 51 percent stake in the venture and its parent China National Aviation Co. (CNAC) will hold the rest, the paper said, quoting unidentified sources.

Shun Tak has already signed an agreement that Air Macau and CNAC will hold the majority stake in the low cost carrier, the paper said.

Air Macau will also transfer 22 routes to the new carrier, including 11 routes to mainland China and the rest to cities in the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam, it said.

The venture is the third airline scheduled to start operation in 2006 since Macau's government cut short Air Macau's monopoly two years ago.

Shares in Shun Tak ended on Monday at HK$7.

The stock had gained 2 percent in the last month but is up 81 percent in the last year as investors bet on strong growth prospects for Macau's gaming and tourist industries.

The tiny territory is the only place in gambling-mad China where casinos are legal and companies from around the world are pouring in billions of dollars to build more opulent gaming parlours, plush hotels and shopping malls.

CNAC owns a 43 percent of Hong Kong carrier Dragonair and 51 percent of Air Macau.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 03:17 PM   #106
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Thailand's Nok Air picks gambling enclave Macau as first foreign stop
AFP
October 26, 2005

Thai budget carrier Nok Air plans to expand into foreign markets in 2006 with the launch of services to Asia's casino capital Macau, a top company official said here Wednesday.

"Probably mid-year we are going to Macau. It will be the first foreign destination," Nok Air's chief executive Patee Sarasin told AFP on the sidelines of a regional aviation forum.

According to Patee, Thai AirAsia is the only budget airline servicing the Bangkok-Macau route, which means there is room for further growth. It is a subsidiary of Malaysia's discount carrier AirAsia.

Owned partly by flag carrier Thai Airways International, Nok Air was launched last year to tap growing demand for no-frills travel especially in key Southeast Asian economies like Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

It is the third budget airline in Thailand, where One-Two Go, owned by Orient Thai, is already in fierce competition with Thai AirAsia.

Nok Air currently flies to Chiangmai, Udon Thani, Hat Yai and Phuket.

Despite soaring fuel costs, Patee said the airline has been enjoying an "operating profit" since January and is expected to break even by the end of the year, but he gave no details.

Aside from Macau, Nok Air will also be looking to expand to other parts of Asia over the next few years but the carrier will not rush into any markets until its distribution network has been established properly, Patee said.

"So therefore in terms of moving into foreign destinations, we are going to be very, very careful in terms of how we are going to make sure that we understand the consumers over there as well," the chief executive said.

"And so therefore in terms of distribution of our tickets and so forth, it will have to fit that particular demand," he said.

Nok, which means "bird" in Thai, has adopted a playful theme by depicting a golden bird's beak on the nose of its purple and white aircraft.
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Old December 7th, 2005, 07:09 AM   #107
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Air Macau to set up Macau's first budget airline

HONG KONG, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Air Macau will finalise plans to set up Macau's first budget airline with Shun Tak Holdings Ltd. , the Hong Kong-listed flagship of gaming magnate Stanley Ho, and China National Aviation Co. Ltd. , a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

After more than a year's discussion, board members of Air Macau will meet on Friday to conclude the plan, which will involve a total investment of HK$234 million ($30 million), the Apple Daily said.

Air Macau will have a controlling stake of 51 percent and Shun Tak and CNAC will share the remaining 49 percent with Shun Tak taking nearly 33 percent, the newspaper quoted market sources as saying.

The deal will still require approval from the Macau government but that is expected by the end of December or January, it added.

Shun Tak officials were not immediately available for comment.

Virgin Blue Holding Ltd. had talks with the group earlier about setting up a low-cost airline in Macau, the only place in China where casinos are legal and whose tourist industry is booming. But Virgin Blue withdrew in May. Low-cost airlines are mushrooming across Asia, putting pressure on traditional carriers to cut costs.

Shares of both Shun Tak and CNAC were unchanged on Wednesday at HK$6.65 and HK$1.44, respectively. (US$1=HK$7.8)
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VIVA Macau forced to delay date for launch of flights
10 December 2005
Hong Kong Standard

VIVA Macau, a low-cost airline previously known as WOW!Macau, has pushed back its target date for launching flights to next summer because it hasn't obtained rights to operate from the city.

The airline named Ngan In-leng, head of Hang Huo Enterprise Group, as its president Friday, and said its subconcession agreement with Air Macau is under the government review.

The agreement will allow VIVA Macau, which earlier planned to start services in April, 2006, to serve medium- and long-haul routes.

Ng said the airline will be equipped with a fleet of modern wide-body aircraft to fly across Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

"We are making a firm commitment to building a strong network of international air services to and from Macau,'' Ngan said Friday at the brand launch celebration for VIVA Macau.

VIVA Macau will probably compete with another low-cost carrier, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, which last week won licenses to operate on several European and United States routes from Hong Kong. Oasis aims to start services to London Gatwick next June.

Ngan said a date for the launch of VIVA Macau's services and the range of new destinations will be announced once the Macau government approves and ratifies the airline's subconcession arrangement.

Air Macau, which operates under a 25-year government concession as the territory's exclusive home carrier, in June agreed to share its rights with Golden Dragon, a startup carrier that plans to operate regional jet flights to the mainland.

"Macau is becoming an increasingly important low-fare gateway to southern China, and we will support Macau International Airport's development as one of Asia's fastest growing air transport hubs.'' Ngan said.
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Startup airline Viva Macau plans to purchase 12 planes
By Joyce Li
Dow Jones Newswires
16 December 2005

HONG KONG -- Budget airline Viva Macau plans to buy 12 aircraft valued at $1 billion, though it will initially operate leased planes as it prepares to launch its first flight from Macau in the middle of 2006, said Chief Executive Andrew Pyne.

The startup airline is choosing between purchasing Boeing Co. 787 planes or Airbus A350-800s and will announce its final decision as early as next month, he said.

"Macau's expansion as a destination will be quite aggressive," Mr. Pyne said. "We have to build our market presence very, very quickly."

Tourists have been flooding into the booming gaming enclave of Macau, a special administrative region of China, since the local government liberalized the gambling industry in late 2002.

Mr. Pyne estimates that in five years, five million passengers will use the city's airport annually. Viva Macau hopes to control 25% of the local air-passenger market by then, he said.

Mr. Pyne also said cargo is an indispensable part of an Asian airline's operations and may eventually represent about 20% of the company's revenue.

The purchase of either Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s is Viva Macau's longer-term plan for its fleet, as the Boeing planes wouldn't be delivered until 2010, while the Airbus planes would take even longer, Mr. Pyne said.

To begin with, Viva Macau will lease either Airbus A330-200s or Boeing 767s, before expanding its fleet to 12-15 planes by 2010, he said. It will also wet-lease aircraft -- where one company leases an aircraft and at least one pilot from another company -- from within the region.

Viva Macau hopes to break even in the first or second year of its operation, Mr. Pyne said.

He said the company also hopes to serve medium- to long-haul destinations in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australasia.
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Viva Macau plans flights to Hawaii and Russia
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20 January 2006

Viva Macau, a low-cost airline based in the former Portuguese colony, said Thursday that it planned to start flights to Hawaii and Russia, becoming the first Asian low-fare carrier to express interest in flying to the two destinations.

The carrier is also planning flights to northeast Asia, including Japan and South Korea, as well as Australia, the Middle East, and Europe, the airline's chief executive, Andrew Pyne, said. The airline plans to start Asian flights in June before expanding to the Middle East and Europe.
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Budget air carrier for Macau close to launch
24 January 2006
South China Morning Post

The long-awaited Macau-based budget airline is about to take off. A venture formed by Air Macau, China National Aviation Co (CNAC) and Shun Tak will be incorporated today and is planning to operate flights to about 20 cities in the mainland and the region.

It is understood that Air Macau, which is majority-held by CNAC will hold 51 per cent of the new venture, while Shun Tak, which is controlled by the casino tycoon Stanley Ho, will share the balance with CNAC.

An official from the Macau Civil Aviation Authority said there was plenty of room for the new venture to flex its muscles due to the low utilisation rate of Macau's traffic rights.

"Macau has rights to fly to more than 30 mainland cities but at present only nine are ulitilised [by Air Macau]," said an official from the Macau Civil Aviation Authority.

Air Macau has launched services to the major first-tier cities in the mainland where the high income tourists and gamblers come from, namely Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen, Nanjing and Shenzhen.

That means the new carrier could fly only to the second-tier cities which Air Macau did not cover. Market talk ahead of the today's incorporation, however, was that Air Macau had reached a deal with the new venture which would allow the new carrier to fly to the existing points that Air Macau served after a quarantine period of three years.

Southeast Asian destinations, which remain under-developed markets for Macau airlines, are known to be another focus of the new venture.

"It could fly to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the major sources of tourists coming to Macau," the official said. Since Air Macau served only Seoul, Manila, Bangkok, Taipei and Kaohsiung in Asia, there was plenty of room for a newcomer, he added. Shun Tak's share price rose 3 per cent to $8.7 yesterday, against the trend of declining Hong Kong share prices. Shares of CNAC fell 4 per cent to $1.47 due to the leap in oil prices.

The negotiations between Air Macau and Shun Tak over the new budget airline began in earnest last summer after Virgin Blue withdrew from talks. Though it holds the concessions to run airlines in Macau till 2020, Air Macau has been forced to surrender its monopoly and negotiate sub-concessions with newcomers. In order to fulfil the requirement of the concessions, it also set up Viva Macau and Golden Dragon to tap into different market segments.

Sub concession agreements will now be signed after the new venture hands in all the details of the shareholders background, professional management and the financial plan of the company and gains approval from the Macau government. Viva Macau and Golden Dragon are still pending approval.
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New Macau Budget Airline Targets Asian Market
By Keri Geiger
24 January 2006

MACAU (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong-listed Shun Tak Holdings Ltd. (0242.HK) said Tuesday it has formed a new budget airline with Air Macau and China National Aviation Co. (1110.HK), joining a competitive market as Asia's low-cost carrier sector takes off.

Macau Asia Express will offer flights from the booming gaming enclave of Macau to cities in China and Asia. The new airline didn't specify the routes it plans to serve, but said it won't overlap with Air Macau.

Macau Asia Express will be only the second airline to be based in Macau, after Air Macau, which started operations in 1995. But it isn't the first to look to Macau as a base for budget operations: Viva Macau, another budget carrier, is awaiting approval from aviation authorities to operate flights. Airlines operating from the Macau airport pay lower fees than they would at other airports in the region and tend to offer lower fares.

"Macau's growing tourism industry is a tremendous opportunity for a new airline in Macau," Pansy Ho, managing director of Shun Tak, told a news conference.

The initial funding for the new airline, primarily working capital, is just US$30 million. The company didn't indicate what aircraft it would acquire to run its flights. In three years, the new airline hopes to operate 15-20 aircraft, Shun Tak's Ho said.

Budget airlines, which have been popular in Europe and North America for several years, have only recently begun to emerge in Asia. The low-cost carriers in the region include Singapore-based Tiger Airways and Valuair, and Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd. (5099.KU).

Macau Asia Express is 51%-owned by Air Macau, and 49% by a joint venture between Shun Tak and CNAC. But since CNAC, an investment company controlled by state-owned Chinese flag carrier Air China Ltd. (0753.HK), owns a controlling 51% of Air Macau, it will also control Macau Asia Express.

Macau Asia Express is the latest in a string of investments that Shun Tak and other companies owned by the family of casino magnate Stanley Ho have made to expand their holdings in Macau. Ho once held an exclusive license to operate casinos in Macau, but has bounced back with new business plans even after the government allowed in international players in 2002.

Shun Tak has been exploring the idea of a budget airline for some time. Last May, the company withdrew from talks with Australian budget airline Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. (VBA.AU) aimed at launching low-cost flights to Macau.

A budget airline in Macau will be an added boost to its thriving tourism industry, which has been benefiting from the thousands of mainland Chinese converging on its casinos.

Visitor arrivals to Macau by air increased 21% in 2005 to 1.03 million, though most tourists to the territory still come overland from China or by ferry from Hong Kong.

Those numbers are expected to rise faster as several grandiose casino projects start operations from 2007 on Macau's Cotai strip, an area of reclaimed land that is destined to be the city's Las Vegas Strip.
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Old January 26th, 2006, 03:04 AM   #113
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Macau aims to double airport capacity
Operator awaits government approval for project designed to handle 12 million passengers annually

26 January 2006
South China Morning Post

Macau is planning to double the passenger capacity of its airport to handle the anticipated influx of international travellers as the city's investment boom boosts its reputation as a leisure destination, according to an official.

The project will expand the airport's capacity to about 12 million passengers a year and has been forwarded to the Macau government for evaluation, according to John Chan Wai-leong, an executive director of CAM Societe do Aeroporto Internacional de Macau, the company that owns a 50-year concession to operate the airport.

"The project is still in its planning stages and was forwarded last month to the government to sound them out about funding," Mr Chan said yesterday. "We expect to see more foreign carriers calling over the next few years and we need to grow."

Initial positive discussions had already been held with CAM shareholders, which include the Macau government, Stanley Ho's Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau and other minorities.

Mr Chan said he expected the approval process to take six to eight months, indicating building may start next year.

Construction would take about two years, he said, adding that it was too early to discuss capital costs.

Macau's tourist arrivals hit a record 4.27 million last year, up a comparative 14 per cent. Based on those growth levels, the present terminal, which was designed to handle six million passengers a year, will reach capacity in three years.

However, a study conducted this year for CAM by Netherlands Airports Consultants offered a more conservative forecast of 7 to 8 per cent growth over the next five years.

"A lot of our volume is still Taiwan, but we expect to see a lot more traffic from the Middle East and Europe, especially from charter operators that have come under pressure from the low-cost carrier boom," Mr Chan said.

However, he ruled out building the second terminal exclusively to cater to budget carriers, as Singapore has done.

"We are constrained by a lack of land," he said.

Macau's foreign investors have been pressing the government to ensure there are enough air links to bring the travellers and punters to their multibillion-dollar entertainment complexes.

The number of hotel rooms is expected to triple to 30,000 in the next four years, according to research by brokerage CLSA.

Two budget carriers to be based in Macau moved along their launch plans this week.

Macau Asia Express said it would start flying in the fourth quarter, while Viva Macau drew nearer to its June launch plans and a US$1.75 billion aircraft order with Boeing.

Both airlines have plans to operate fleets of about 20 aircraft, which will strain the airport's existing infrastructure in the longer term, especially its aircraft parking bays, which are already in short supply.

CAM, which has committed to extend the airport's runway and expand the cargo handling terminal, is also examining the possibility of filling in the water between its two taxiways to cater to interim aircraft parking needs.

Mr Chan said the airport's runway could handle aircraft movements sufficient to bring 25 million people a year to Macau, so another runway was not being planned.
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A lot of the pictures in this thread are not mine, so the owner might have taken them offline already.
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East Star flights to HK, Macau approved
19 July 2007
Hong Kong Standard

Hubei-based East Star Airlines has won approval from mainland aviation regulators to operate flights from Wuhan to Hong Kong and Macau starting in September, bringing the private carrier a step closer to its goal of servicing international destinations.

Currently, Hong Kong's Dragonair and Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines (1055) are the only airlines offering direct flights between Hong Kong and Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and most populated city in central China with more than nine million people.

Dragonair currently offers four flights a week between Hong Kong and Wuhan.

East Star told a mainland newspaper that it plans to operate one flight a day to Hong Kong and Macau, with one-way fares not exceeding 1,000 yuan (HK$1,034).

The Wuhan carrier will become the first private Chinese airline to fly to Hong Kong and Macau.

China currently has 10 private airlines, all flying domestic routes, excluding the two special administrative regions that were returned to Chinese sovereignty in the late 1990s.

The permission granted by mainland regulators is seen as part of efforts to loosen the country's strictly-controlled aviation sector, East Star said.

So far, state carriers, including the three largest airlines: China Southern, Beijing-based Air China (0753), and Shanghai's China Eastern Airlines (0670) have dominated international destinations, along with several domestic routes such as Shanghai and Beijing.

Meanwhile, the smaller private airlines in China face stringent restrictions in comparison to the government-backed carriers.

East Star, which currently serves cities including Shenzhen, Nanjing, Xian, Haikou and Hangzhou, said it aims at flying to all provincial capitals and will continue to expand overseas. It has also applied to operate flights to Singapore and Thailand.
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Viva fails to fly under radar
16 August 2007
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ASIA'S newest start-up airline Viva Macau has run foul of Australia's aviation regulator -- just hours before 200 passengers were to board the first flight from Macau to Sydney.

Viva Macau, owned by United States and Macau-based shareholders, planned to run three return services a week from the gambling hotspot, dubbed China's Las Vegas.

But the plan went awry last night when the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Canberra shut off access to Australian airspace for the airline's two Boeing 767 250-seat aircraft.

The reason was that an application was lodged too late, just 10 days ago, for a foreign-going Air Operator's Certificate from the Australian government.

BusinessDaily has also learned that AirAsiaX, a Malaysian-based budget airline part-owned by Sir Richard Branson which wants to fly long haul services from Queensland's Gold Coast from late next month, also has yet to lodge its AOC application.

CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said airlines applying for an AOC were told it takes up to 130 days to complete all regulatory approvals.

"Some time ago we advised them (Air Macau) to get it (the application) happening. But they were slow in doing so," Mr Gibson said.

Janis Tse, the carrier's corporate affairs manager, said a major event at Sydney airport, planned for 10am today when the first aircraft landed, had to be postponed.

She added that arrangements were being made to compensate customers booked on the incoming flight and the return service out of Sydney.

Viva Macau is run by Con Korfiatisa, one-time Qantas executive and former boss of Jetstar Asia.

He was appointed chief executive in June after joining the airline last August as chief financial officer.
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Viva Macau awarded CAPA New Airline of The Year 2007
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(Macau, November 1, 2007) - Viva Macau, Asia's newest international low-fare airline, today celebrated its success in contributing to the region's aviation development with the recognition of being the New Airline of The Year.

Viva Macau was honored New Airline of The Year at the Aviation Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner Ceremony held in Singapore on 31 October, and organized by Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), the region's pre-eminent aviation strategists.

Viva Macau's Chief Executive Con Korfiatis said, 'we are very excited and honored with the recognition that reflects Viva Macau's contribution in bringing the world to the new Macau through its launch of an innovative wide-body product and low fares servicing Macau to Asia and beyond.'

'Viva Macau started up at the right time and place. Macau, Asia's best-kept secret until recently, is now one of the hottest destinations in the world,' said Korfiatis.

'Its rapidly developing, hotel, leisure, entertainment, conference and gaming facilities, along with its world heritage sites and architecture makes it a must to visit, and Viva Macau is committed to offering best-value travel option, and being the airline of choice", Korfiatis added.

The CAPA New Airline of the Year category is awarded to the start-up airline that has, in the past 18 months, had the most significant impact in the markets it operates and to the development of aviation in the region.

At the ceremony, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation acknowledged the contribution Viva Macau has made to the low cost long-haul model and in particular to the rapidly evolving aviation scene in the Macau Special Administrative Region.

"Viva Macau epitomizes the excitement and optimism that surrounds the development of Macau as one of the region's leading leisure and entertainment centers. The city is fast becoming one of Asia's most vibrant LCC destinations and Viva Macau, with its significantly tailored model, will play a major catalyst role", said Peter Harbison, Executive Chairman of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Currently, Viva Macau flies directly to Jakarta, Busan, and Sydney. Flights to Tokyo and Hi Chi Minh will commence before the end of the year. Announcement of start dates for these new routes will be made in the coming weeks.

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