The flow of passengers at Macau International Airport (AIM) almost tripled in the first quarter of the year, said the entity that manages the infrastructure.
“Macau International Airport registered more than 750,000 passengers in the first quarter of 2023, which represents an annual increase of 1.7 times”, said, in a statement, CAM – Sociedade do Aeroporto Internacional de Macau.
With regard to the number of flights, the airport in the special administrative region saw an increase of 57 percent, with more than 6,900 connections made in the first three months of the year.
The daily average of passengers and flights totaled 10,000 and 100, respectively, the note continued.
“The total resumption of authorizations to fly in Macau directly boosted the increase in passengers”, underlined the society.
The rigid ‘zero covid’ policy, adopted by China, including by the special administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong, has limited the movement of tourists and residents of the territory for almost three years.
“Airline companies are gradually resuming flight operations and increasing the number of flights”, stressed CAM, underlining that “in the second quarter”, the airport will “commit itself to the development of new destinations”.
In April, air connections that were suspended during the covid-19 pandemic will be resumed, namely to Osaka, Japan, and Cebu and Clark, in the Philippines, “with a total of 14 international routes at the beginning of the summer”.
With the increase in the volume of routes and flights, Macau airport will “provide more diversified sources of tourists” and “promote economic recovery and the development of tourism in Macau”, the statement said.