The number of newly registered motor vehicles in the city in March went up 78.6 per cent year-on-year, totalling 1,665 new registered vehicles, with the registration of heavy motorcycles seeing an 88 per cent increase, or 1,034 units, according to the latest data from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).
However, on a quarterly and yearly comparison, the number of new motor vehicles registered decreased. Owing to a notable decrease in registrations in January, a year-on-year drop of 5.8 per cent was seen, with 3,762 vehicles registered in the first quarter of 2017.
The total number of licensed motor vehicles in the MSAR at the end of March was 245,310, a 1.4 per cent drop year-on-year.
Vehicle traffic through the Cotai border checkpoint rose 12.4 per cent during the month of March, while vehicle traffic through the Border Gate dropped 12.2 per cent, year-on-year.
Overall, cross-border vehicle traffic in March totalled 413,413 trips, posting an annual decrease of 4.5 per cent year-on-year. During the first quarter of the year a 6.6 per cent decrease was seen, totalling nearly 1.17 million trips.
Passenger movements at the ferry terminals in both Macau and Taipa remained stable on a yearly comparison, signalling a 0.4 per cent decrease (11,561 trips) in March, and a 0.1 per cent drop in the first quarter (34,538 trips).
Fewer commercial flight movements were also observed at the Macau International Airport in the month, with the notable exception of commercial flights to and from South Korea, up 48.2 per cent to 422 flights. Helicopter trips between the city and Mainland China as well as Hong Kong soared by 50.8 per cent year-on-year to 950 trips in March, while movements in the first quarter posted an increase of 31.5 per cent year-on-year to 3,119.
During March, commercial flights amounted to 4,448, registering a 1.5 per cent yearly decrease. Of the total flights to Macau, 1,657 or 37.2 per cent originated in Mainland China, with the month seeing a slight decrease of 1.2 per cent year-on-year.
The number of flights from Taiwan and Thailand also went down in March when compared to last year, decreasing by 27.1 per cent to 1,024, and 15.9 per cent to 467, respectively.
In the first three months of the year, commercial flight movements totalled 12,907, down 5.9 per cent year-on-year.
Land, sea, and air cargo
The gross weight of containerized cargo by land dropped 20.4 per cent in March 2017 when compared to last year, down to 1,523 tonnes, while for the first quarter of 2017, there was a 47.5 per cent drop year-on-year to 3,652 tonnes. The DSEC noted that 93.3 per cent or 3.409 tonnes of the cargo transited went though the Cotai border checkpoint.
The gross weight of seaborne containerized cargo also decreased 2.6 per cent year-on-year to 16,827 tonnes in March, following a drop of 9 per cent year-on-year to 43,303 tonnes in the first three months of the year. The majority of sea cargo, or 53.2 per cent, passed through the Inner Harbour.
The Macau International Airport handled 3,115 tonnes of cargo in March, corresponding to an increase of 9.8 per cent year-on-year. The quantity of cargo handled during the first three months of the year also increased 7.9 per cent to 7,732 tonnes.
In particular, outbound air cargo to Taiwan (40 per cent of the total) increased 14.5 per cent year-on-year, while inbound air cargo from Taiwan (53.1 per cent of total) was down 19.1 per cent over the same period.
The number of Internet subscribers rose 7.2 per cent year-on-year to 370,202 at the end of March 2017.
The number of mobile phone subscribers also increased 5.1 per cent to 1,979,328. A total of 1,278,742 customers were stored-value GSM card subscribers, accounting for 64.6 per cent of the total.
The number of fixed-line telephone subscribers decreased 5.5 per cent year-on-year to 137,078.
Whereas the number of motor vehicle registrations rose during the month of March, the number of traffic accidents fell by 9.6 per cent when compared to last year.
Casualties ensuing from a total of 1,181 traffic accidents in March amounted to 366, including two fatalities. Among the 3,578 cases recorded in the first quarter of 2017, 1,118 casualties and three deaths were recorded, corresponding to a 7.6 per cent decrease year-on-year.