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MIA reports 20% Growth in Passenger Traffic in October06 Nov 2017

Macau International Airport (MIA) handled 610,000 passengers in October 2017, an increase of 20% year-on-year.  Aircraft landings and takeoffs also rose by 16% to 5,100.  Southeast Asia routes continue to perform well in October and taking up 43% of the overall market, followed by Mainland China and China Taiwan, accounting for 32% and 25% respectively. The mentioned three major market recorded 26%, 24%, and 4% increase respectively comparing with the same period last year.


From January to October in 2017, 5.86 million passengers travelled through MIA, 6.5% increased comparing with the same period of last year. Aircraft movements also remained stable growth to 48,100 for the year to date.  The growth rate of passenger traffic in Mainland China routes had increased by 12%, followed closely by Southeast Asia routes and China Taiwan routes, an increase of 8% and decrease of 2.7% respectively. Air passenger traffic with LCC accounted for 36% of total passenger traffic at MIA, increased by 33% compared with the same period last year.


In October of 2017, there were 30 airlines operating at MIA, connecting Macau to 47 cities with around 1,100 weekly scheduled flights. MIA is now actively expanding routes development, including Lanmei Airlines from the Cambodian which launched new service from Macau to Krong Preah Sihanouk in September, the Philippine Royal Air is planning to operate new route between Boracay and Macau in December 2017, Air Macau will commence regular flight services between Macau and Jiangsu Province, Changzhou in December, 2017.  In order to continue to expand the Southeast and North Asia market, Air Asia will launch new regular air services from Macau to Johor Bahru and Phuket in November and January next year.  At the same time Air Asia will deploy wide-body aircraft in a number of specific routes.  In line with the changes in the aviation market environment and seize the golden opportunities resulting from the commencement of operations of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, MIA is actively encouraging airlines to introduce wide-body aircraft to develop medium and long-haul routes to extend the total visitors length of stay(day) in Macau. MIA has been gradually negotiating with new carriers for the arrangement of their route development next year with the goal to strengthen the use of the fifth freedom right to further enhance and diversify the development of air passengers.


As the volume of the current flights movement is steadily increasing, MIA will strengthen the management of airline operational efficiency and on-time performance.  MIA is committed to study the introduction of more convenient travel arrangements for passengers in order to ensure our passengers a comfort and pleasant journey at MIA.  MIA will work in tandem with the Macau SAR government to contribute to the development of Macau as a “One Centre, One Platform” and a moderately diversified and sustainable economy.