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Passenger numbers at airport drop 45pct y-on-y this year

The Macau International Airport today indicated that until March 30 of this year, the number of passengers and of flight movements fell by 45 per cent and 55 per cent year-on-year, respectively.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic since the beginning of this year, the demand for the aviation industry has dropped dramatically”, said in a statement the entity that manages the airport of the world capital of the game.

“Until March 30, the number of passenger flows and flight movements of MIA in the first quarter fell by 45 per cent and 55 per cent, respectively, compared to the same period in 2019,” said the Macau International Airport.

To try to remedy this situation, several incentive plans were introduced to boost the market, to encourage airlines to continue providing airport transport services, the statement reads.

The new coronavirus, responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 750,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 36,000 have died.

On the same note, Macau International Airport estimated that in 2019 the total revenue of the main operators of the airport was MOP6.27 billion, 13.6 per cent more than the previous year.