Airport passenger traffic up 6 pct in first three quarters

Macau International Airport (MIA) recorded a growth of 6 per cent year-on-year in passenger traffic volume during the first three quarters of the year, to 4.30 million from around 4.06 million. MIA also revealed to Business Daily that Korean companies Jeju Air and T’Way Airlines are considering launching flights to the territory.
‘From October to November, some new airlines from Korea are planning to launch an air service on the Macau route while Air Asia is planning to start a Macau-Pattaya service in November’, MIA announced.
According to figures released yesterday by MIA, aircraft movements increased at a 7.5 per cent rate to 41,000 from around 37,200 during the first three quaters of last year.
During this period, visitors from the Mainland China market decreased 1 per cent although MIA did not disclose the precise number. Passengers from Southeast Asia increased 14 per cent, while travellers from Taiwan increased 4 per cent.
The company reiterated its commitment to the Special Administration Region and the development of the South East Asia market.
‘The continuous route development to South East Asia strengthens the route network and also provides a wider range of choice for the Macau citizen and tourists to travel to multi-destinations. MIA will continually provide multiple innovative services to airlines and passengers; consequently, it will encourage the economic and cultural exchanges of Macau and other cities’, the company said.