Limited space to develop international flights at the moment
Macao SAR Civil Aviation Authority (AACM) chief Simon Chan said there is currently “ limited room ” for Macau International Airport (MIA) to develop international flights in a general environment of standardized pandemic prevention and control. .
The comments are included in an announcement following a meeting between Chan, the executive directors of MIA and the directors of the Civil Aviation Administration of the China Air Traffic Management Bureau to discuss the role of the local airport in the Grande Baie region project.
Last month, Director General Ho Iat Seng held a meeting with the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to China, Mohamed Abdulla Al-Dehaimi, to discuss how to facilitate the movement of people between Macau and Qatar and the launch of regular flights between the two locations.
However, so far, the AACM said it had not yet received a request for passenger flight routes between the two regions.
Previous negotiations to establish a Macau-Istanbul route via Turkish Airlines, which would link SAR to the main travel hub, have also failed.
The company responsible for operating the Macau International Airport reported revenue of some MOP 462 million for 2020, a 75% drop year-over-year as the pandemic severely disrupted travel to destination and from the SAR.
In total, MIA handled 16,962 aircraft movements in 2020, down 78% year-over-year, with passenger numbers falling 88% to 1.17 million.
Chan noted during the meeting that it is necessary to “ push forward ” to review the progress of the airport master plan and promote the in-depth and coordinated development of the Guangdong-Hong Great Bay area. Kong-Macao in accordance with the development of the national plan. plan.
“In particular, the implementation of tripartite coordination on air traffic control is highlighted to be facilitated with the aim of ensuring the normal functioning of Macao International Airport,” noted the head of the AACM. .
“ It is also hoped that the communication and cooperation with the air traffic control authorities of the continent will be further strengthened while believing that the airports of the GBA can develop in the future according to their respective regional advantages ”
According to MIA Executive Director Chu Tan Neng, widespread vaccination and long-term anti-pandemic measures by governments of different countries are believed to be able to help recovery of Macau’s civil aviation industry .
However, he warned that with the improvement of the pandemic and the recovery of the civil aviation industry, the scarcity of airspace resources in the Bay Area will emerge again.
In March, a total of 13 airlines connected Macau with 24 destinations, mostly in mainland China.
The local airport is currently carrying out works to optimize its facilities and equipment, with the main structure of the southern extension of the passenger terminal building officially completed and the building expected to be completed by the end of this year.
When completed, the new terminal will increase annual capacity from 7.8 million to 10 million passengers.