Macau: Macau airlines may fly to more cities in South Korea

28 February 2008

Macau, China, 28 Feb – The Macau and South Korea aviation authorities have agreed to increase scheduled flights by Macau’s airlines to South Korean cities.

According to a memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday, Macau’s airlines will be able to offer scheduled passenger services to any city in South Korea whilst also liberalizing cargo operations.

Currently, flights between Macau and Korea include a daily scheduled flight by Air Macau between Macau and Seoul and regular charter flights by Viva Macau between Macau and Pusan and Muan International Airport, in Gwangju.

Macau’s aviation authorities believe that, with the liberalization of cargo operations, Korean cargo transporters may start operating the Macau-Korea route.

Around 225,000 South Korean tourists visited Macau in 2007, which was a year on year increase of 39 percent.

At the beginning of the year Mcau’s aviation authority also signed an agreement with its counterpart in Japan to increase flights between the two countries.

The new agreement does away with capacity limitation and airlines designated by Macau can now operate flights to all Japanese cities with the exception of Tokyo.

As well as regular flights to Osaka, in 2007, Air Macau, Viva Macau and Japanese airlines operated a total of 44 flights between Macau and various Japanese cities, including Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

At the time, Air Macau said that this year it would launch scheduled flights to Fukuoka, Okinawa, Nagoya and in 2009 to Hokkaido, in Japan, following the lifting of restrictions imposed by the Japanese authorities.

Over 300,000 Japanese tourists visited Macau in 2007, which was 30 percent more than in 2006. (macauhub)