Special Report – Getting in and out

New and better accesses needed

The Macau International Airport is saturated and only now are solutions being found, which essentially depend on the new land reclamations, which are yet to get the final green light by Mainland authorities. 

MB November 2020 Special Report | Getting in and out

The high-speed train does not enter Macau because there seems to be no space to build a station.

If there is an area in which Macau depends on third parties (read, mainland China), it is in accessibility.

Look at what happens with the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. 

Therefore, the creation of the Guangdong Hong Kong Macau Great Bay Area (GBA) in 9 + 2 cities in Guangdong province seems to be the solution to many of Macau’s mobility problems – to top it off. This is the case as mobility plays a pivotal role in the GBA development plan.

There are forecasts (made long before the Covid-19 pandemic) that point to 40 million tourists in 2025, roughly the same as last year’s 39 million mark. 

Though we are in unchartered waters due to the coronavirus crisis, if Macau is to bounce back to the pre-pandemic figures, it is also essential to reflect on how they are going to get in and out – this is what we do in this special report, much more because China’s master plan is to transform Macau into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.

New and better accesses are needed.

PS – Air Macau marks 25 years this month. We have not forgotten that. It was a challenging quarter of a century amid criticism, but the city’s flagship carrier has weathered the storms. A different question is whether these 25 years of monopoly as the sole operator of services to and from Macau have served Macau’s development and strategic objectives well. An increasing number of voices make the case for the need to break the monopoly.

Co-ordinated by João Paulo Meneses [email protected]

Air Macau’s achievements 

Despite the difficulties, mainly related to the small domestic market (and the overwhelming competition from Hong Kong), Air Macau managed to make its own path in these 25 years 

“I am optimistic about the transportation development” 

Professor Tammy Ku (Ku Kei Ieng) has a Master of Business Administration in Aviation Management and she obtained various certificates from International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airbus related to airport and airlines operations and HKCAD Aviation Academy. Lecturer at Macau Institute for Tourism Studies, Doctoral of Hospitality and Tourism Management, she is one of the leading experts in the contribution that aviation can make to tourism in Macau. 

HZMB: the future is now

For many, the bridge connecting Macau and Zhuhai to Hong Kong is a disappointment, but for the experts heard by Macau Business, the benefits are obvious.

Will the bridge kill the ferry?

There will always be those who choose to come by boat, especially if it is more convenient. But the numbers for 2019 show a sharp drop in passengers who opted for ferries.

The new ‘Airport in the City’

With MIA having already reached passenger capacity, the airport is now working on different fronts to expand it. 

Too dependent on HKIA? 

Did the Covid outbreak show that Macau is too dependent on Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), or is there really nothing else to do but take advantage of one of the largest airports in the world which is conveniently located only 40 minutes away?

GBA looking for Macau

China wants to improve interconnectivity at the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater bay Area (GBA). One of the biggest beneficiaries will be Macau, which still needs better access.

The mystery train

Mysterious for several reasons: because the reason why there is still no train in Macau or why we started thinking about it so late is unclear.

The future is WCTL, but also GBA

China wants Macau to be the World Center of Tourism and Leisure  (WCTL) in the context of the Great Bay Area. The future, at least in terms of connectivity, is no longer in our hands.