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Old June 22nd, 2009, 06:21 PM   #141
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Airlines cutting back on service to Macau
22 June 2009
South China Morning Post

Flight cancellations by airlines serving Macau have soared in the wake of the financial crisis, as hard-hit carriers struggle to respond to plunging cargo volumes and passenger traffic.

China Eastern Airlines has cancelled all of its scheduled flights to and from the gaming hub in the first three months of the year, compared with an already dismal 67.7 per cent cancellation rate in the second half of last year, figures from the Macau Civil Aviation Authority show.

Fujian-based Xiamen Airlines slashed 59 per cent of Macau flights and Malaysia Airlines cancelled 38 per cent. Debt-laden East Star, a private carrier based in Wuhan whose licence was revoked by regulators in March, slashed 40 per cent of its Macau flights in the first quarter.

Financially troubled flag carrier Air Macau, which captured 35.1 per cent of passenger market share on Macau routes during the first four months of the year, cancelled 9 per cent of its flights in the first quarter.

Separately, local press reports last week said Portuguese carrier TAP was considering selling its 15 per cent stake in Air Macau, which is 51 per cent held by state-owned China National Aviation Corporation.

Aviation authority president Simon Chan Wing-hung said in a written reply to local legislators that the cancellations were due not only to the effects of the financial crisis, but the increase in the number of direct flights between the mainland and Taiwan. Flights to and from Taiwan still accounted for 43.5 per cent of Macau's total air traffic in the year to April. The figure was up from 40.69 per cent of passenger traffic last year but down from 46 per cent in 2007.

But Mr Chan said low-cost airlines appeared to be riding out the downturn better and had suffered few, if any, cancellations. Malaysia-based Air Asia cancelled none of its Macau flights in the first quarter and captured a 14.7 per cent market share on passenger traffic. Homegrown budget airline Viva Macau cancelled only 4 per cent of its flights and had a 3.9 per cent market share.

In the first four months of the year, passenger traffic in Macau fell 21.7 per cent from a year ago, while cargo volumes plummeted 65.7 per cent, according to figures from Macau International Airport. Aircraft movements have declined 22.4 per cent over the same period.

Visitor arrivals by plane and helicopter accounted for 7.9 per cent of Macau's total visits in April, while 41.8 per cent of visitors arrived by sea and 50.3 per cent by land.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 04:36 AM   #142
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Air China buys 1.25 pct Air Macau stake -report

HONG KONG, July 15 (Reuters) - Two companies controlled by Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho have sold a combined 1.25 percent stake in financially troubled Air Macau to a unit of China flagship carrier Air China , the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

The stake sale for an undisclosed sum was confirmed by sources at Air China , a unit of Air Macau controlling shareholder China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). The deal comes weeks after Air Macau's shareholders voted to approve a 507.3 million pataca (US$65 million) rescue package by the Macau government, the newspaper said.

Ho, whose term ay the top post in Macau ends in December, was a founding shareholder of Air Macau when the airline was set up in 1994.

CNAC's voting interest in the Macau airline increases to 52.25 percent following the deal, the paper said.

Other shareholders include Portugese airline TAP, which holds a 15 percent stake, and Sociedade de Turismoe Diversoes de Macau with 14 percent. Portugese-owned lender BNU, Taiwan's Evergreen Airways and the Macau government each hold 5 percent.

It gave no further financial details.

Late on Tuesday, Air China said it expected to see at least a 50 percent year-on-year rise in profit for the first half of 2009 as fuel purchase costs fell and the domestic air passenger market showed stable growth.
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Old July 24th, 2009, 04:31 PM   #143
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Stake sale casts new light on Macau Inc Family ties loom large in enclave's corporate affairs
24 July 2009
South China Morning Post

On several fronts, Macau's economy ranks among the freest in the world. Like Hong Kong, it is a free port with no import or export duties on transshipments. Profit and income tax rates, capped at only 12 per cent, are the lowest in Asia.

But, as has also been the case in Hong Kong, large swathes of the enclave's domestic economy have for years been carved up into a number of lucrative de jure and de facto monopolies.

And while the builders of the flashy Las Vegas-style casinos may dominate news flow out of the city, the real face of Macau Inc consists of a small and politically influential group of business families that have loomed large over most aspects of the city's domestic economy for decades.

The oft-blurred lines between business and government in the city were highlighted anew with the recent sale by the family of Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah of a 1.25 per cent stake in financially troubled Air Macau to a subsidiary of mainland flag carrier Air China.

The Air Macau stake, sold to majority shareholder Air China's wholly owned subsidiary CNAC (Macau) last month as the technically insolvent airline launched a government-backed 507.3 million pataca bailout plan, was only a small part of Mr Ho's economic footprint in Macau. Many of the family's holdings are legacy assets of the empire left behind by Mr Ho's father, the late Tai Fung Bank founder Ho Yin.

The sprawling nature of his father's businesses and his own endeavours since taking over the helm at Tai Fung in the early 1980s have sometimes complicated Mr Ho's role as the top official in Macau.

As he prepared to assume office following Macau's handover by Portugal in December 1999, Mr Ho transferred nearly all of his personal business holdings to other members of the family or trusted friends. But he would appear to have overlooked several interests.

From 1991 to 2003, inclusive of his first four years in office as the chief executive of Macau, Mr Ho served as a director of the private Hong Kong-registered firm Viable.

Viable was established in 1987 and, along with Shun Tak Holdings, maintains a controlling stake in Sociedade de Turismo e Desenvolvimento Insular (STDI), which owns the Macau Golf and Country Club and the attached Westin resort hotel, according to Hong Kong and Macau companies registry filings and Shun Tak's filings to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Mr Ho's fellow directors at Viable included gaming magnate Stanley Ho Hung-sun and jewellery and property tycoon Cheng Yu-tung, who heads New World Development and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, registry filings show.

Other directors included Macau leaders like National People's Congress Standing Committee member Ma Man-kei and Roque Choi, the former Portuguese secretary to Ho Yin and an uncle of former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan.

For years, Mr Ho's family-run Tai Fung held a minority stake in the firm, according to Hong Kong companies registry filings. Mr Ho resigned as a director of Viable on October 29, 2003.

Apart from Viable, Mr Ho and two brothers inherited from their father a small interest in Many Town, a Hong Kong firm that holds a substantial stake in Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau (STDM). STDM controlled Macau's gaming monopoly for four decades until 2002 and remains the controlling shareholder of Stanley Ho's SJM Holdings.

Mr Ho in 2007 announced that he had transferred the Many Town stake to one of his brothers in 1995, well before assuming office. But Hong Kong companies registry filings did not reflect that transfer.

Many Town's annual filings continued to list Mr Ho and two brothers as shareholders until April 2 last year, when their stake was transferred to Braniff Assets, a British Virgin Islands company.

The Macau government did not respond to e-mail inquiries from the South China Morning Post.

And then there is the Air Macau stake. Government-issued concessions for monopolies, duopolies and oligopolies in Macau range from the most obvious - the six casino licensees - to activities and industries including horse and dog racing, ferry services, sports betting, lottery sales, electricity, water, bus services, taxis, rubbish collection and helicopter services. And airlines.

Air Macau holds a monopoly concession on operating air services from the city, but the licence has lost some of its exclusivity in recent years as several "subconcessions" have been granted to smaller start-ups.

Still, for the most part, Air Macau enjoys the right of first refusal on route allocations and dominates the lucrative passenger flows to and from Taiwan.

Mr Ho, whose term as chief executive expires in December this year, was a founding shareholder of Air Macau when it was established in 1994 through two local companies he controlled together with his wife: Tenways and Tengood.

On assuming his present office in 1999, Mr Ho transferred control of the firms to other family members. According to Macau-based Portuguese newspaper Ponto Final, which first reported the sale of the Air Macau stake, Tenways is controlled by Mr Ho's mother, Chan King, while control of Tengood was transferred on June 6 to Mr Ho's son, Justin Ho King-man.

The sale of the stake to Air China came just weeks after shareholders of the troubled airline voted on April 15 to approve a government-backed 507.3 million pataca bailout package.

Air Macau's financial rescue plan includes an injection of 200 million patacas in taxpayer funds from the Macau government, which Mr Ho heads, prompting some observers to speculate that the sale of the family stake was a timely effort to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

CNAC's purchase of the Ho family stake lifts its voting interest in Air Macau to 52.25 per cent.

Other substantial shareholders with voting rights include Portuguese airline TAP with 15 per cent and STDM with 14 per cent.

Locally incorporated and Portuguese-owned lender BNU, Taiwan's Evergreen Airways and the Macau government each hold a 5 per cent stake in the airline.

Air Macau has operated at a loss for several years and slipped into technical insolvency as of December last year with a net asset value of negative HK$104.2 million, Air China said in a June 1 filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Because Air Macau's equity value sank far below the legal threshold of 50 per cent its registered share capital, Macau corporate law mandated that existing shareholders either inject new funding or dissolve the company.

The resulting bailout plan was passed by a two-thirds majority of shareholders on April 15, but not all shareholders were happy as it required them to contribute new capital to a money-losing business facing declining passenger and cargo volumes.

TAP took legal action and earlier this month won an injunction from a Macau court that has temporarily suspended the restructuring plan from proceeding further.

It is interesting to note that Tenways, one of the holding companies for the Ho family stake in Air Macau before the sale, has been an investor in other Macau business interests alongside Chui Sai-cheong.

Mr Chui hails from another influential local business family and serves as an indirectly elected member of the local legislature.

His younger brother, Fernando Chui Sai-on, is running unopposed to succeed Mr Ho as Macau's next chief executive. He is expected to take office in December.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 06:35 AM   #144
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Viva Macau considers service to Hanoi
8 December 2009
The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC - Viva Macau Airlines is looking for the opportunity to fly to Hanoi after two years of operating successful flights to HCMC, the low-cost air carrier’s chief executive officer Reginald Macdonald said.

“We are very keen in starting new service to Hanoi,Macdonald said in a statement released before Viva Macau inaugurated its new reservations and ticketing office at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel in HCMC yesterday.

Macdonald told the Daily after the opening that Viva Macau was evaluating the Hanoi market and expected to launch flights to the capital city soon.

“We would love to be able to start our service to Hanoi in time for the Tet holiday (Lunar New Year).

He stressed Vietnam was one of the best markets for Viva Macau and that the airline was looking to further expansion in this market.

“Overall, Vietnam is a country that is very good for us?That’s why we increased our frequency (to HCMC),he said.

Viva Macau started to fly daily between Macau and HCMC since July this year from its previous four weekly flights. “The number of passengers has almost doubled for Viva Macau’s both flights to and from Vietnam compared to the first half of this year.

Though Macdonald did not reveal the average seat occupancy of Viva Macau’s flights to and from Vietnam in 2009, he said the load factor of both business and economy-class seats was good and grew significantly.

“I cannot disclose the exact figures but I can say that we are quite happy with the market development and the increase as it is going to the direction that we want,Macdonald said.

He explained Viva Macau had attracted a lot of tourists. On top of that, business people of small and medium-enterprises in Vietnam are flying with the carrier to Macau to do business and more Chinese businessmen are coming to HCMC with the same purpose.

“So, we see good growth in both segments,Macdonald said. He referred to the opening of the new office at the Sheraton Saigon as a sign of the carrier’s growing commitment to Vietnam and part of its partnership with the five-star hotel on Dong Khoi Street in downtown HCMC.

Macdonald said Viva Macau and the Sheraton Saigon would cooperate in promoting their services and packages for leisure and business travelers from Macau and China to HCMC.

Macdonald said Viva Macau was about to launch more services to Japan and Australia to offer more connecting flights for passengers departing from HCMC. As scheduled, the airline will commence twice weekly service between Macau and Melbourne from this Wednesday and Sapporo from December 19.

Also yesterday, Viva Macau announced promotional fares starting from US$49 for a single trip between Macau and HCMC.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 08:53 AM   #145
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Viva Macau To Start Flights To Hanoi From Feb 13 - Report
23 December 2009

HANOI (Dow Jones)--Viva Macau Airlines will start direct air services between Macau and Hanoi from Feb. 13, Vietnamese state media said Thursday.

The carrier will offer three flights a week on the route, Hanoi Moi newspaper reported, citing the airline.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 07:21 PM   #146
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Is there any chance of TAP starting to fly there again?
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Old December 29th, 2009, 10:46 AM   #147
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Is there any chance of TAP starting to fly there again?
Yikes ... haven't heard of this one actually. There is a sizeable Portuguese population in Macau, but I don't think it's large enough to sustain regular service for this long-haul, which would likely need an A330-type big jet. I presume TAP would probably be able to better fill so much capacity heading to Africa or Brazil.
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I know that TAP did fly there for one year, the first year of operation, one route to Lisbon and one to Bangkok I think. I am aware the Portuguese people do go to and from Macau but how they get there I don't know really, Portuguese Airport»Other European Airport»Hong Kong»Ferry seems like al ot really. Or perhaps Portugal»European Country»Asian Country»Macau?
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Viva Macau To Start Flights To Hanoi From Feb 13 - Report
23 December 2009

HANOI (Dow Jones)--Viva Macau Airlines will start direct air services between Macau and Hanoi from Feb. 13, Vietnamese state media said Thursday.

The carrier will offer three flights a week on the route, Hanoi Moi newspaper reported, citing the airline.
Here is the detailed press release :

Viva Macau Airlines Announces New Services Between Macau and Hanoi and Special Fares

(December 23, 2009) Macau, SAR - Viva Macau Airlines, Macau's international award-winning airline, today announced its newest destination: Hanoi, Vietnam. As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is a cultural center with a rich history and now an attractive tourism destination famous for its art galleries and culture. The Hanoi service further expands Viva Macau's coverage of the growing Vietnam market into Macau, complementing Viva Macau's daily flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

The new Hanoi service will commence from 13 February 2010 just in time for the Tet holiday! There are three flights weekly on every Tuesday/ Thursday/ Saturday, with a choice of morning, evening or afternoon flight with ZG257 departing Macau at 7:45, 20:10 and 14:20 arriving in Hanoi at 8:45, 21:10 and 15:20, and return flight ZG256 departing Hanoi at 9:30, 21:55 and 16:20 arriving in Macau at 12:30, 0:55 and 19:20 respectively.

To celebrate the inauguration of Hanoi service, Viva Macau launches special off-peak fares from only USD25 one way on Economy Class between Macau and Hanoi. Business Class tickets are also available from USD199 only. Taxes and surcharges are exclusive. Tickets are on sale now on Viva Macau website www.flyvivamacau.com and through all participating travel agencies!

"Macau and Hanoi are both rich in cultural heritage as well as being vibrant growth economies. We are pleased to provide a direct bridge for travelers between our two cities." said Dr Reg Macdonald, Viva Macau CEO "We are committed to serving and growing the Vietnam market. We recently opened our new ticketing and reservations office in partnership with Sheraton Saigon Hotel and celebrated the 2nd anniversary of our Ho Chi Minh City service. With the addition of the new Hanoi flights, we will cover the two major cities of Vietnam and provide better direct connections than ever before between Macau and Vietnam. Also our Vietnamese visitors have the option to transit via Macau to reach other Viva Macau destinations in Japan, Australia, Indonesia as well as next door in China."

Viva Macau Airlines, Macau's award winning international airline with the motto "We Mean the World to Macau", offers value-for-money International air fares and in-flight service to make travel fun, enjoyable and convenient. Viva Macau flies direct from Macau to Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo, Sapporo, Jakarta, Sydney and Melbourne.
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I am pretty dissapointed with Macau Airport, I flew ZG to HCMC on the 28th and nothing was opened, there are not alot of food outlets at the airport and some proces were high, but overall it is clean and a very modern airport, but when I was there I just saw no traffic at all! Only Viva Macau's 3 767's were present. Macau does get awfully cold and try walking up a staircase when icy cold air rushes against your body!
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It's a small airport. If you're looking for shops and restaurants, the casinos have plenty of choice nearby!
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Passenger throughput drops 16.6 pct Macao airport in 2009
18 January 2010

MACAO, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Macao International Airport (MIA) recorded 4,250,249 passengers last year, representing a year-on-year decrease of 16.6 percent, the airport announced on Monday on its website.

The airport also recorded 52,464 tons of cargo and 40,601 of aircraft movements last year, representing a year-on-year decrease of 47.9 percent and 18.4 percent respectively, according to the website.

The decrease was mainly owing to the sharp drop of 58 percent in transfer passengers.

The airport said MIA was confronted simultaneously with a variety of challenges in 2009, including the global economic downturn, the H1N1 pandemic, and the fast development of regular direct cross-strait flights.

However, Asia's economy that is picking up will boost demand for air transport and travel services. MIA air traffic has shown signs of recovery with passenger and cargo throughput seeing significant growth in December of 2009.

Passenger throughput at MIA reached 388,573 in December, up 9.7 percent compared with the same period of 2008. Cargo throughput also increased 25.6 percent year-on-year to 5,601 tons.
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Viva Macau will axe Sydney & offer Melbourne with an additional weekly service from March 28! Looks like the Melbourne market is doing good for them!

http://peanuts.aero/low_cost_airline...lbourne+market

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Viva Macau says imminent service to Hanoi agreeable
20 January 2010
The Saigon Times Daily

HANOI - Viva Macau Airlines yesterday announced in a press conference in Hanoi that its soon-to-start service to Hanoi has generated overwhelming response since tickets became available for sale in December.

The airline will launch the direct service from Macau to Hanoi on February 13 with the inaugural flight already sold out, said a high-ranking representative from Viva Macau.

There will be morning, afternoon and evening flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between Macau and Hanoi, besides the operational service to HCMC.

“We are very excited to see the positive response from our customers. The Hanoi inaugural flight has sold out within two weeks,?said Reg Macdonald, CEO of Viva Macau, at the press conference.

“We are committed to serving and growing the Vietnam market. With the addition of the new Hanoi flights, we will cover the two major cities in Vietnam and provide better connections than ever before between Macau and Vietnam? he added.

Viva Macau pins high hopes on the increase of Vietnamese visitors who will have the option to transit via Macau to other Viva Macau destinations in Japan, Australia, Indonesia, China and Hong Kong.

Viva Macau Airlines is extending its special off-peak fares from only US$25 one-way (economy class) between Macau and Hanoi to celebrate the inauguration of the new service.

Business/Premium Class tickets are also available from US$199, excluding taxes and surcharges.

According to TransViet Travel, exclusive marketing agent for Viva Macau in Hanoi, the special Hanoi promotion is available for booking until January 25 for travel between February 18 and October 24.

Viva Macau Airlines operates direct flights from Macau to HCMC, Tokyo, Sapporo, Jakarta, Sydney and Melbourne.
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Macao SAR signs air services agreement with Japan
10 February 2010

MACAO, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- The governments of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Japan Wednesday signed the Air Services Agreement to strengthen the air link between the two sides.

The signing ceremony was held at the SAR's Government Headquarters, and it was the first air pact officially signed after the formation of the new SAR government in December 2009.

With the conclusion of the bilateral Air Services Agreement between the two sides, "I am confident that the tourism market as well as the development of trade and commerce between Macao and Japan can further be enhanced", said Lau Si Io, the SAR's secretary for transport and public works, at the signing ceremony.

Under the new air pact, the restriction on airline designation and flight capacity will be lifted, and the Air Macao, the SAR's flagship airline, will operate three weekly scheduled flights between Macao and Tokyo starting from March 28 this year.

Japan possesses rich tourism resources and has always been a popular destination among the Macao residents, while Macao, being listed as the 31st designated World Heritage site in China, is also an attractive tourist destination with mixed cultures of East and West, said Lau.

The number of Japanese tourists visiting Macao has risen by an average of 30 percent year-on-year for the past five years, and they ranked No. 4 in the SAR's inbound tourist market, according to the figures from the SAR government.

Currently, Air Macao operates a daily flight between Macao and Osaka, and Viva Macao flies to Tokyo with four weekly frequencies.
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Viva Macau flies to Hanoi to further tap growing market
Domestic air traffic remains very tight after Tet

22 February 2010
The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC - Viva Macau has launched direct service to Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi after over two years of running services to HCMC in a move to further capitalize on the local growing aviation market.

The low-fare international airline now has three weekly Macau-Hanoi flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in addition to the daily flight to HCMC.

It takes two hours for Viva Macau to complete its Macau-Hanoi service, which was launched just in time for the Lunar New Year festival, or Tet in Vietnam. The one-way fare starts from US$59 for the economy class and from US$299 for the business class.

Viva Macau CEO Reginald Macdonald said the direct flights to Hanoi besides the HCMC services would certainly create a stronger linkage between Vietnam and Macau, the destinations that he described as “both rich in culture and very unique.?

“This is a great step for tourism in both directions,?Macdonald said.

Bookings for this new route are very high and exceed 80% for certain flights, according to TransViet Travel, which acts as general sales agent for the carrier in Vietnam.? Macdonald told the Daily in an earlier encounter in HCMC last December when he revealed the Hanoi service plan that Vietnam was one of the best markets for Viva Macau and that the airline was committed to growing in this market.

His view was echoed by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) as this authority said Vietnam’s overall aviation market still registered positive growth of 8.4% in the number of passengers last year when the global industry was still facing tough business.

The growing market is one of the reasons for Viva Macau to increase the frequency to HCMC from four flights a week to daily service last year. Macdonald said the number of passenger had almost doubled for the carrier’s flights to and from Vietnam.

* Though the Lunar New Year celebration is over, local airlines are still very busy with their domestic flights to transport people back to their homes and work, and passengers find it nearly impossible to buy tickets for the flights from the north to the south.

Jetstar Pacific said the seats on its flights from Hanoi, Vinh and Haiphong cities to HCMC in the coming week had been fully booked before Tet so people would only have a chance to buy tickets for the flights this week in case ticket holders abort their trips. ?

Seat occupancy on the domestic flights of Vietnam Airlines from the north to the south is in the same situation, especially for the economy class because passengers had secured seats for returning to HCMC after Tet.

The local demand always jumps before the first day of the Lunar New Year for the flights from HCMC to Hanoi, Vinh and Haiphong and after Tet in the opposite direction.?

The demand during this Tet season was much higher than the year-earlier period as more people wanted to travel by air.

During this Tet holiday, Vietnam Airlines operates an additional 986 flights from February 1 to 28, with the number of seats for the HCMC-Hanoi route up from 50% to more than 100% over normal days, or equivalent to 8,200 seats a day for one-way flights.

Vietnam Airlines sees an increase of 28% in seating capacity on the HCMC-Hanoi route for the Tet season this year compared to the same period last year and 32% for the flights between HCMC and Danang.

Jetstar Pacific told the Daily yesterday that it conducted more than 1,000 flights during the Lunar New Year 2010, an increase of 40% compared to the number for the country’s biggest and longest holiday last year.

The low-cost carrier already transported the 3 millionth passenger on the Tet holiday since it was renamed Jetstar Pacific in May 2008 from Pacific Airlines.
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Korean Air offers code-sharing flights from Incheon to Macao

SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Yonhap) -- Korean Air Lines Co., South Korea's largest air carrier, said Thursday it has launched code-sharing flights with Air Macau Co., the Chinese island's No.1 airline, on the Incheon-Macao route.

The daily Korean Air flight departs from South Korea's main international gateway at 8 a.m. and returns at 2:10 p.m. on a code-sharing basis with Air Macau.
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TWO DESTINATIONS FOR ONE AIRFARE: Easy Connections to Hong Kong on Viva Macau
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(1 March 2010) Macau SAR - Viva Macau Airlines, Macau's international award-winning airlines, today announced that Viva Macau passengers on the airline's Melbourne route will be offered free connecting ferry tickets to Hong Kong via the "CotaiJet" high speed ferry.

Book now with Viva Macau Airlines and you could be taking in the sights of Macau and catching the quick and easy 45-minute ferry ride to Hong Kong on the high speed "CotaiJet" departing from beside the Macau International Airport for free.

Dr Reg Macdonald, Viva Macau Airlines CEO said, "Flying with Viva Macau Airlines to Macau is ideal; now, in effect, you can reach Hong Kong with Viva Macau too! The Viva Macau offer, in cooperation with the high speed "CotaiJet" Ferry service, means Viva Macau customers can travel to Hong-Kong for FREE after their arrival in Macau".

"By offering our customers FREE return ferry tickets to Hong Kong, we are helping holiday budgets go further, so our customers can experience more while traveling. Passengers can redeem their CotaiJet ferry tickets by presenting their Viva Macau boarding pass stub and identification at Cotai travel desk in the world famous Venetian Macau, just 2 minutes from Macau International Airport by complementary shuttle bus" added Dr Reg Macdonald, Viva Macau Airlines CEO.

Do not miss out on this great deal available for all economy and business class airfares departing Melbourne. Save money and let your family see two of Asia's hottest destinations flying Viva Macau Airlines. Book your airfare today by visiting www.flyvivamacau.com.
Promotion Terms and Conditions:

* Sales from 1st March to 30th June for travel from 1st April to 30th June 2010.
* CotaiJet return ferry ticket is non-transferable and not convertible to cash.
* CotailJet return ferry ticket to be redeemed within 10 days from your flight date.
* Strictly 1 ticket per person and must present valid boarding pass stub and identification to redeem ferry ticket.
* Only valid for Melbourne-Macau route passengers (flight ZG9700)
* In case of dispute, the decision of Viva Macau or CotaiJet shall prevail.
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Viva Macau Airlines Waives Bag-Check Fee for All Flights
Release date - 26022010

Macau, SAR - Today Viva Macau Airlines, Macau’s international award-winning airline, announced that it will waive bag-check fees for all flights across its entire network effective 1st March.

Passengers traveling on Viva Macau Airlines will enjoy 15kg of checked-in luggage, plus 7kg of cabin baggage allowance, at zero cost!

Dr Reg Macdonald, Viva Macau Airlines CEO said, ‘We have received a lot of positive feedback from our customers since we waived the bag-check fee for our Sydney and Melbourne flights last month. We are pleased to extend the waiver to all our flights across the network. Now Viva Macau passengers on our Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi flights can enjoy travelling with up to 15kg of baggage without having to pay extra at the airport.’

He added, ‘We want to make travelling on Viva Macau Airlines easy and the most convenient experience for all our passengers, so that we continue to be the leader in value-for-money travel between Macau and our international destinations.’

Viva Macau Airlines, Macau’s award winning international airline with the motto ‘We Mean the World to Macau’, offers value-for-money International air fares and in-flight service to make travel fun, enjoyable and convenient. The airline flies direct from Macau to Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Jakarta, Sydney and Melbourne.

For inquiries and reservations, please visit www.flyvivamacau.com.

About Viva Macau Airlines

Viva Macau Airlines, awarded CAPA New Airline of The Year 2007 and voted Top 10 Low Cost Airlines in Asia by Smarttravelasia.com, is Asia’s newest, low-fare international airline providing a network of direct flights from its home base, Macau - the Las Vegas of the East - to Australia, Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Viva Macau operates a fleet of wide-bodied Boeing 767s with a two-class cabin service - Premium/Business Class and Economy Class. Viva Macau cabin and cockpit crews hail from 28 different nationalities, with a management team of more than 200 years combined airline experience. Viva Macau Airlines is a privately owned company whose shareholders including Macau prominent businessman and Viva Macau’s Chairman Mr. Ngan In Leng and MKW Capital, an international venture capital firm with a series of equity investments across a diverse portfolio of businesses in Macau. Viva Macau is innovative and fun, a flying experience that is ‘simply different’.
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SAR Government activated Tourism Crisis Management Office to assist affected VIVA Macau passengers
Last modified: 2010.03.27 22:42:26
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The Macao SAR Government, after evaluating the operational situation of VIVA Macau, considered the company incapable of maintaining normal flight service. In consideration of public interest and to protect Macao’s image as a tourism city, the SAR Government this afternoon (27 March) activated the tourism crisis response mechanism and decided to sponsor the returning flight fare for Macao residents stranded abroad and foreign visitors stranded in Macao because of the incident.

The SAR Government would also assist passengers holding VIVA Macau tickets who have not yet embarked on their journey to rebook on other flights with a special fare.

Due to fuel payment issues, VIVA Macau’s flight scheduled for Jakarta at 14:20 today failed to depart, and the 121 passengers sought assistance from the SAR Government. Meanwhile, the SAR Government had also been notified by the fuel supplier that they have officially informed VIVA Macau that no further fuel will be supplied to their aircrafts. Thus, the SAR Government decided to activate the Tourism Crisis Response Mechanism.

The Tourism Crisis Management Office had discussed with representatives of relevant departments, the Macau International Airport, other airlines and tourism operators on contingency arrangements.

The SAR Government decided to sponsor the returning flight fare for Macao residents stranded abroad.

The SAR Government will also coordinated with travel agencies to follow up the arrangements for tour groups which had booked VIVA Macau tickets through Macau travel agencies and are stranded abroad.

The SAR Government will sponsor the returning flight fare for foreign visitors stranded in Macao because of the incident.

The SAR Government had also coordinated with other airlines to assist passengers holding VIVA Macau tickets who have not yet embarked on their journey to rebook on other flights with a special fare. The SAR Government urges all passengers to contact the airlines which have agreed to offer assistance for detailed information before heading to the airport.

The SAR Government is deeply disappointed and expresses regret that, having provided various assistance and support, VIVA Macau was still not able to overcome operational problems affecting a large number of passengers.

As VIVA Macau’s ticketing system is still in operation, the SAR Government appeals to all residents to fully assess all possible risks before purchasing.

Tourism Crisis Management Office (GGCT) has set up a 24-hour dedicated hotline 28333088 in Macau for inquiries. VIVA Macau passengers outside Macau can also contact hotlines at VIVA Macau’s destinations for assistance.

The overseas hotlines are: Japan: 09032205564 (in Japan) and (81) 9032205564 (from Macau); Jakarta, Indonesia: (62) 21 83705913; Australia: (61) 2 82677212 (from Macau), 0282677212 (from Melbourne) and 82677212 (from Sydney). Overseas hotlines are operated in English.

In order to have more accurate understanding of the number of passengers affected, Macau residents are advised to notify their relatives and friends who are holding VIVA Macau tickets at the above destinations to call the respective hotlines to register with GGCT.

In addition, GGCT will also send out SMS messages to inform Macau mobile phone users with roaming service the related information and hotline numbers.

Latest information will continue to be uploaded to GGCT’s website: www.ggct.gov.mo The tourism hotline 28333000 will maintain normal operation.
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