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What Hato?

Despite the life-threatening typhoon that hit Macau in August, the city’s international airport has registered its busiest air passenger traffic on record

Air passenger traffic in the Macau SAR has recorded ‘a stable increase’ so far during the month of September despite the passage of Typhoon Hato on August 23, according to information provided to Business Daily by the Macau International Airport Co. Ltd. (CAM) yesterday.
The passage of the typhoon has, however, affected CAM’s current plans to proceed with the expansion of capacity of the Macau International Airport (MIA).
‘The entire north extension project was expected to be completed [within] this half year but actually the typhoon delayed our progress a bit,’ a spokesperson for CAM told us.
According to the data on air passenger traffic released by MIA, the city’s airport experienced its busiest month in history in August, recording more than 680,000 passenger movements.
‘This is a new record as the highest single month passenger traffic with average daily passenger volume over 22,000,’ a year-on-year increase of 9 per cent, reads a release from the group.
Speaking to Business Daily, CAM’s spokesperson said they had ‘predicted the increase,’ working to move forward to the ‘extension project and approval,’ adding that the ‘designed passenger handling capacity is expected to be increased to 7.5 million after the completion of the north extension.’
The company’s spokesperson also explained that CAM has started research prospects for working on the south extension of the airport facilities in the ‘short and medium-term.’
In order to cope with capacity bottlenecks, CAM said that it had created ‘a total of four remote boarding gates’ last year ‘to help ease the passenger flow.’
During the tourism peak season, July and August, MIA recorded a 9 per cent increase in passenger volume (totaling 1.35 million), and a 2.5 per cent growth in the number of flights operated in the same period (10,000), according to the release from yesterday.
Southeast Asia routes corresponded to 43 per cent of the overall market, followed by mainland China (32 per cent) and Taiwan (25 per cent).
As at the end of August, MIA handled nearly 1,140 weekly scheduled flights with 28 airlines connecting Macau to 45 cities.