(Xinhua/Lu Yang)

Airport predicts 3.8 million passengers in 2021, 40pct of 2019

Macau’s international airport expects to receive 3.8 million passengers in 2021, 40 per cent of those registered in 2019, admitting that the projected values ​​depend on the evolution of the pandemic.

Due to the impact of the pandemic, passenger flow between January and November 17 reached 1.06 million, a significant reduction compared to more than eight million passengers in the same period in 2019, the director of marketing for the Macau International Airport (CAM) company.

Eric Hio Kin Fong added that the number of passengers in November increased by 20 per cent compared to October.

During a visit to the airport facilities, during which the current measures to prevent the covid-19 pandemic were presented to journalists, the official indicated that the airport is already promoting Macau as “a safe and low-risk city” in different means and platforms.

Regarding the number of tourists for 2021, the airport’s management company expects a progressive upward trend to continue, at a time when the airport receives between 1,000 and 2,000 passengers per day on 30 daily flights, he said.

For now, only three airlines Air Macau, Eva Air and Starlux Airlines, both from Taiwan, are operating.

The CAM official said that, at the moment, calls are made to 16 Chinese cities and Taiwan.

Eric Hio Kin Fong said that CAM is negotiating with carriers an increase in the number of routes to places with low risk of incidence of covid-19.

The expansion of new routes is, however, dependent on border measures at each location, he said.

Fong said the number of tourists from China is higher than the number of Macau residents travelling, hoping that the latter number will increase during the Christmas period.