First AirAsia flight to touch down in Macau in three years

Macau will welcome its very first AirAsia flight from abroad in nearly three years tonight, with representatives of the Tourism Office and the budget airline to organise a ceremony for arrivals.

The AK186 flight, the first AirAsia plane bound for Macau after the SAR removed strict Covid restrictions including mandatory quarantine and testing early this year, is coming from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

The flight is scheduled to take off at 16:35 and touch down at the Macau International Airport at 20:25.

Macau News Agency learnt from the Macau office of AirAsia that more flights are on the way from Southeast Asia as the carrier will start operating flights from Bangkok from 18 Feb, and from Manila from 2 March respectively, with more details to be revealed soon.

The city’s flagship carrier Air Macau also said recently that it was progressively bringing flights from Tokyo, Hanoi, Seoul, Bangkok and Taipei back to the runway, before moving on to restore more air connections with Osaka, Kaohsiung in Taiwan, and Da Nang in the near future.

Earlier today, Taiwanese authorities announced that they will resume individual travel to the island from Hong Kong and Macau starting from next Monday.

The gradual resumption of international flights by the two airlines comes as Macau authorities are striving to lure foreign visitors to a city that is increasingly committed to cooperation with Hong Kong and Hengqin on the front of tourism.