Macau International Airport breaks passenger record

The number of passengers at the Macau International Airport (MIA) hit a record in 2016, according to a press release from MIA. During the year, 6.6 million travellers arrived and departed from the airport premises, signaling a 14 per cent increase year-on-year, with more than 56,000 flights operating during the same period, a milestone in the airport’s 21 years of operations.
The increase in passenger traffic volume has been attributed to the addition of three new routes – Guiyang (China), Manado (Indonesia), and Fukuoka (Japan) – and seven new airline carriers – AirExplore SRO, Vietjet Air, Far Eastern Air Transport, Air Seoul, PT Lion Mentari Airlines, JSC Royal Flight Airlines, and Nok Air.
MIA also credits the recent success to the “joint efforts and close cooperation” with business partners to enhance the airport’s role in the development of Macau as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.
Currently, the local airport connects Macau to 41 destinations in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Southeast and North Asia.
In regards to the inbound-outbound movement of visitors, the most important increase in market share was for the Southeast Asia and Taiwan regions, with 20 per cent and 15 percent growth seen, respectively. The Mainland China market registered an increase of 4 per cent year-on-year.
For 2017, the MIA plans to establish long haul routes “aiming to increase and change the current passenger market structure, thus attracting more international and local travelers”, the release notes.
On its webpage, MIA states it is “forging new air services agreements with destinations in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, America, and Southern Africa”.
MIA also expects to complete several infrastructure projects this year. When ready, the north terminal will expand the airport’s current 6-million passenger capacity to 7.5 million. The completion of a private jet hangar will “help to attract more high-end travelers”.