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Old November 14th, 2007, 05:58 PM   #121
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Is great t have a forum about Macau airport, but I can't see any picture...
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Old November 15th, 2007, 05:30 AM   #123
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Old November 15th, 2007, 04:20 PM   #124
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Old November 15th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #125
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Budget Carrier Viva Macau to Fly Direct to Ho Chi Minh City

HANOI, November 15, Asia Pulse - In mid-December, Macau's international low-fare airline Viva Macau will begin direct flights from Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City to Macau. The airline's managing director Con Korfiatis said yesterday there would be a return service four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on the wide-body aircraft B767.

The first flight is slated for December 14. "Viva Macau will be the first and only direct flight between HCM City and Macau, an attractive destination where visitors may combine relaxation, entertainment and participate in events like seminars and conferences," said Korfiatis.

"It's not only Asia's Las Vegas, it also has multicultural charisma, a unique rich historical background and heritage, and convenient accessibility to major cities of the Pearl River Delta like Shenzhen," he said, adding that visas could be acquired at the immigration gate. The ticket price begins at US$82 for one-way tickets, excluding fees and surcharges.

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Old December 22nd, 2007, 08:53 PM   #126
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 09:02 PM   #127
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NIce pictures!!Do you have a panoramic view of this airport??
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Old January 16th, 2008, 06:23 AM   #128
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Old January 16th, 2008, 07:01 AM   #129
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NIce pictures!!Do you have a panoramic view of this airport??
I'll keep an eye on the other sources to see if there is one. There is a place in the hillsides next to the airport that should yield such a view.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 07:41 AM   #130
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Over 5 million passengers use Macao airport in 2007

MACAO, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Macao International Airport, the only airport in the island city, recorded 5.5 million passengers and handled 180,000 tons of cargo in 2007, according to a press statement released on Friday by the company that runs the airport.

The airport also saw 53,000 aircraft movements last year, which, combined with the surging volumes of passengers and the cargoes, boosted the revenue of the airport to a new level, the Macao International Airport Company (CAM) said in its statement.

Despite the substantial increase, the current passenger volume and number of aircraft movements has reached 90 percent of the airport's capacity, while cargo handling volume has already exceeded the original capacity of just 160,000 tons, according to the statement.

For this reason, the airport's two extension projects were underway and expected by the end of next year, which will double the airport's area of shopping and dinning outlets and increase the mezzanine floor to 1,855 square meters, said CAM, adding that other development projects will be launched in the near future.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 08:02 PM   #131
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Macau needs to expand its airport- and by that I mean adding another runway and a new terminal.

It is a booming tourist destination and a bigger airport would help the city's economy immensely.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 06:31 PM   #132
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Macau needs to expand its airport- and by that I mean adding another runway and a new terminal.

It is a booming tourist destination and a bigger airport would help the city's economy immensely.
at one point they were talking about building a bridge from hong kong... they don't have so much land to expand the airport, the current one is already over water
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Old December 6th, 2008, 05:11 AM   #133
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New horizons for Viva Macau
Budget airline plans to double workforce and fleet size next year

6 December 2008
South China Morning Post

In the face of the global financial crisis and tough regulatory regime, Viva Macau Airlines is planning a major expansion next year in a bid to more than treble passenger numbers.

Chief executive Con Korfiatis said the budget airline had not realised its full potential in the past 12 months due to external factors including the price of oil, limited availability of aircraft and restrictions on adding new routes.

Mr Korfiatis said Viva had a five-year business plan that included adding up to four new aircraft each year. He said the airline, which is operating at a loss, was only flying the two 250-seat capacity planes it started with in December 2006.

The ambitious expansion plan will see Viva's fleet size and workforce more than double next year.

"Our shareholders understand that the airline industry is not one where you open the doors and profits roll in. We expected to lose money for a year or two," Mr Korfiatis said. "We have had profitable months and the loss has been in accordance with our business plan, but we do not want that to go on."

The introduction of new destinations and increased frequency on existing routes is designed to increase passenger numbers from 15,000 a month to more than 50,000. Despite the global financial downturn, Mr Korfiatis is hopeful of adding three new aircraft next year.

"Last year, with everything booming, it was difficult to find any new or used aircraft in the market and that had an impact on our growth, but the global economy is very different now," he said. "Customers seek value in times of economic difficulties, which means Viva Macau remains attractive and sought-after with its low-fare model."

Each additional aircraft will require at least 50 new staff, mainly cabin crew and pilots. Staff will be recruited from around the world, as there are not enough qualified people in Macau. The airline currently employs 160 people from 30 countries.

"The new year will see Viva Macau doubling its staff size, as we have planned to increase the frequency of our existing routes to Sydney, Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta," Mr Korfiatis said. "We are considering launching additional ports in Australia, Indonesia, Japan and Korea as well as new destinations in the Middle East, India and Russia."

Mr Korfiatis said finding staff, particularly experienced pilots, had been difficult and time-consuming, but the global economic crisis should ease the human resources shortage in the airline industry.

"With uncertainties and the global economic issues faced now, many airlines are downsizing and the pool of available professionals is increasing significantly," he said. "This is now an advantage for Viva Macau, as contrary to other airlines we plan to grow our airline significantly in 2009."

Pilots and cabin crew applying for positions must pass written and practical examinations based on safety rules set by Macau's Civil Aviation Authority. Technical qualifications are updated annually and cabin crew must undergo customer service training.

Despite being only in its second year of operation, Mr Korfiatis said Viva Macau offered competitive remuneration packages aimed at attracting "world-class candidates". He said human resources and Macau's aviation regulatory system were the biggest challenges.

"The fact is there is really not enough of an understanding of what an aviation industry should be and the role it needs to play in the development of the place," he said. "The multiplier effect that aviation contributes to the economy is massive."

Mr Korfiatis said authorities in cities such as Hong Kong and Singapore understood the situation very well and had developed regulatory regimes to create a strong, healthy industry.

"The regulatory environment in Macau is completely the opposite," he said. "It is not aggressive enough to promote the city."

The civil aviation industry in Macau is run by the government, which allocates flying concessions to carriers, much like it does with gaming licences. Viva Macau has a sub-concession and any new destination must be approved by the government and concession holder Air Macau.

"A concession environment is not appropriate for Macau or the industry," Mr Korfiatis said. "It needs to be promoting growth, especially in a city that is growing so fast, but it simply does not do that."

Mr Korfiatis said under the Macau regulatory system he was unsure if Viva would gain approval for all of the new destinations it planned to introduce next year. He said many of them were untapped markets, which meant that they should be approved, and he was confident of gaining approval for increased frequency on current routes and additional destinations to existing countries.

"All the routes we operate have shown signs of growth," he said. "Arrivals from Australia have grown 50 per cent, Vietnam 60 to 70 per cent, Indonesia 70 per cent and Japan about 35 per cent.
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Old December 20th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #134
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Macau International Airport 2008 Performance Review and 2009 Prospects
Date: 2008-12-19
Speech of Dr. Deng Jun, Chairman of Board of Directors of Macau International Airport Company Limited

Progression for the“Three Direct Links”achieved breakthrough in 2008, with its implementation fulfilled on 15 December. It is a dream that has been longing for among all Chinese in the world. It opens up a new prospect for mutual unification, interaction, cooperation and development across the strait. Direct flight is beneficial to communication and exchange of trade, economy and people between the two places, and it also creates multi-win conditions for the aviation sector and the travelers. At the meantime, part of the Macau aviation industry may be affected, but it will not last long. With Taiwan’s open policy for Mainland travelers, the pattern of tourism market between the strait changed from one-way to two-way. In the long run, it may be seen as another opportunity for the Macau aviation sector. In recent years, Macau International Airport has already re-positioned as a destination airport. Should the aviation policy be adjusted to a more open sky approach to integrate with the tourism development in Macau, for sure it will further drive the aviation industry to move forward.

Foreseeing that the“Three Direct Links”would eventually come one day, Macau International Airport has started its transformation from transit/transfer airport to destination airport back in 2004, with the purpose to re-position its market structure. However, the global economic crisis came so quick and unexpected that it shocked almost every industry in the world. This has become a new topic and challenge that deserves Macau International Airport to study.

2008 Performance Review

2008 is a difficult year for global aviation industry: oil price soared to historical high in June, Lehman Brothers went bankrupt in September, followed by world-wide spread economic tsunami, causing the global demand for air traffic to fall significantly.

Besides the aforesaid negative factors, Macau aviation industry also has to face additional impacts arising from extraordinary incidents such as : severe snow disaster in beginning of the year, riot in Tibet in March, Sichuan earthquake which shocked the world in May, weekend direct charter flights between the strait in July, visa control policy on Mainland FIT travelers to Macau started from August, Macau economic growth slowed down since September, some casino projects suspended in November, one of Macau’s important market-Bangkok, closed its airports, and most recently the opening up of direct daily flights between the strait. All these vigorous changes in the external environment brought big challenges to the aviation sector.

Although confronting all these difficulties and challenges, Macau International Airport (MIA) succeeded in introducing 3 international airlines flying into Macau in 2008 : Jetstar Asia flies from Singapore, Philippine Airlines flies from Manila, and Bangkok Airways flies from Bangkok. Currently, there are 15 airlines serving 27 destinations from MIA.

From January to November 2008, MIA handled 4,743,549 passengers, 96 thousand tones of cargo, and 46,404 aircraft movements, representing a drop of 5.76%、42.2% and 4.9% respectively when compared to the same period of last year. Despite all of the negative external factors, it is estimated that the total number of passengers travelled via Macau International Airport in 2008 will still be the second highest since its inauguration in 1995. In General, although the overall total passenger volume is expected to drop by 6% this year, the point to point passengers increase by 26%, LCC passengers increase by 36%, and the non-mainstream market passengers (excluding Mainland and Taiwan markets) significantly increase by 41%.

Under the constraint of global economic crisis and the open aviation market policy in Mainland, the airport cargo business is facing even more severe challenges. But it is worthwhile to mention that MIA was honored to receive the “2008 Air Cargo - Award of Excellence” for achieving a superior overall score from the readers of Air Cargo World magazine for the third year. Also received from the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Award for “Best Emerging Airport – Asia” for the third year as well. These achievements show that the ability of cargo handling and service quality of MIA was recognized in the world.

2009 Prospects

It is estimated that the global economic crisis will continue to spread in 2009, and will further influence the world and the development of Macau aviation industry. Besides, unpredictable issues and unfavorable situations may happen at any time.

Although Macau's civil aviation industry is facing severe challenges, the Macau International Airport will, as usual, persist in pursuing “security, efficiency and effectiveness” as core values and goals. With the spirit of developing and improving our services appropriately, and acting within the limits of our own resources and capability, in year 2009, Macau International Airport will : continue to improve and enhance our service and operation level ; also continue to deepen our efforts in repositioning our market structure, so as to overcome the difficulties with airlines together ; strengthen market development and promotional efforts for diversification of passenger and cargo markets to improve our ability to resist risks.

Continue to invest in necessary infrastructure improvement projects in MIA such as: improve safety standard of the runway, finish renovating all washrooms, completion of upgrading the communication and navigation system, improvement of the internal and external environments of the terminal building, rebuild the facilities of smoking areas, launch the expansion of the South Terminal Building Projects at different stages, etc.

It is our social responsibility to build and run a green airport. Using information technology is the main future development path for us to go. We pursue green and sustainable development.

Continue to play a role as the communication platform between the airports in China and Portuguese-speaking countries, push ahead the cooperation and interaction between them. Utilize the economic cooperation platform of Portuguese-speaking countries to work with other airlines and develop long haul freight transportation.

Last but not least, continue to strengthen the professional training to our staff for improvement of the overall comprehensive quality and professional knowledge. Keep on encouraging employees to concern about development of the community and to advocate support of public charity, so as to grow with our community and society together.
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Old December 26th, 2008, 12:56 PM   #135
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澳門消息︰兩岸擴大通航使澳機場客量減6%
【14:42】2008年12月26日

【on.cc 專訊】澳門國際機場公布上月共有3500多班飛機升降,訪澳旅客約有36.6萬人,較去年同期下跌6%,澳門航空運輸業界表示,海峽兩岸擴大包機服務範圍後,澳門將流失一批中轉乘客,認為機場和航空公司需要開辦更多新航線吸引客源。另外,數據顯示,澳門今年首11個月機場旅客量約為474萬人次,其中台灣航線佔總客量41%,達193萬人次、其次的內地航線則佔24%,約有114萬人次,而第三和第四位分別為馬來西亞和泰國航線,客量分別為52萬和42萬人次。
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Commercial flight movements at Macao's airport down 7 pct in 2008

MACAO, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Commercial flight movements at the Macao International Airport decreased by 7 percent year-on-year to 46,036 in 2008, according to the figures released on Friday by the city's Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).

The DSEC figures showed that the Chinese mainland and China's Taiwan, and Malaysia were the major routes that accounted for 27 percent, 38 percent, and 10 percent of the total commercial flights to/from Macao. Helicopter flights between Macao and Hong Kong totaled 17,553 and those between Macao and mainland were 2, 933, down by 1 percent and 4 percent respectively from 2007.

Outward air cargo fell sharply by 40 percent year-on-year to 41, 548 tons in 2008. China's Taiwan and mainland were the main destinations that accounted for 67 percent and 11 percent of the total, respectively. Meanwhile, inward air cargo decreased by 27 percent to 16,705 tons, with those from Taiwan taking a predominant share of 83 percent. Transit air cargo dropped significantly by 52 percent over 2007 to 42,515 tons.

In addition, traffic flow by land between Macao and the mainland decreased by 1 percent to 3.79 million vehicle trips and the Border Gate in 2008, which connects Macao with the neighboring mainland city Zhuhai, was the major passage that took up 81 percent of the total.

As for passenger transport by sea, the transport between Macao and Hong Kong decreased by 4 percent compared with 2007 to 84,375 ferry trips in 2008, while that between Macao and the mainland increased by 20 percent to 20,914 trips.
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Bangkok Airways to cancel Macao route

MACAO, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Bangkok Airways will stop its flight routes to Macao at the end of March 2009, the Macao Daily Times reported on Thursday, quoting information posted on the airline's website.

The move has left Macao Government Tourist Office (MGTO) in Thailand concerned, when the company was reportedly re-assessing its flights to and from Macao last month, the daily said.

MGTO marketing officer Nantana Pitpeeraka said at the time that "if the airline cancels the flight, it would mean a loss of 120 seats a day or a potential 840 arrivals a week."

The daily also said that the airline will maintain its current network of routes and flight frequency, except for the Bangkok- Macao route.
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Anyone know what the airport's business plan will be, now that its golden goose (mainland to Taiwan traffic) has been killed?
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Anyone know what the airport's business plan will be, now that its golden goose (mainland to Taiwan traffic) has been killed?
There is interest from low-cost carriers to use Macau as an alternative base for Hong Kong. AirAsia and Viva Macau have a sizeable local presence, among others.
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Budget Airline Jin Air to Fly to Bangkok, Macau
2 April 2009
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Jin Air, Korean Air's budget affiliate, has selected China and Thailand as its first two destinations for international service.

The budget carrier, which started domestic service last July, said it would start international operation starting in October to Macau and Bangkok. Airfare will be about 80 percent of that of full service carriers.

``We are also considering operating to cities in nations with which Korea has made `open sky' pacts, such as Osaka in Japan and the Shandong Peninsula in China. We'll add three more destinations by the end of this year,'' Kim Jae-kun, president and CEO of Jin Air, said in a media briefing in Seoul, Monday.

Kim said Jin Air's competitor on the international routes to Southeast Asia is not Korean Air but foreign carriers which take up 60-70 percent of the market, especially low cost ones.

``We can guarantee much better safety than those budget airlines. We may be able to lower fare to similar levels,'' Kim said.

For the plan, the carrier will adopt one more aircraft within the year. It now has four B737-800s.

The airline also expanded domestic operations between Seoul and Jeju to 24 from 16 last Sunday, and will newly provide eight daily service between Busan and Jeju Friday.

``We had 10 billion won in sales last year, and aim to get 90 billion won this year along with the launch of international operation. We hope we can reach the break-even point in 2010 and lead the budget air travel market here,'' Kim said.

He said one of the strongest points of Jin Air is safety ― the airline was recently listed on the International Air Transport Association (IATA)'s IATA Operational Safety Audits (IOSA) registry, an evaluation system to assess the operational management and control systems of airlines.

Jin Air is the first budget airline in Korea to pass the audit, and it obtained approval eight months after the service launch, the shortest time of every carrier in the world. ``We passed the audit without any findings or observations and were recognized as `perfect.' It showed our commitment to safety,'' Kim said.

The airline has 10 percent discount programs for corporations, available not only to workers of the companies but also their family members. The program will apply to international flights as well.
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