Macau, China, 6 Oct – Viva Macau, a Macau-based low cost air carrier, plans to double its fleet to four aircraft and hire more staff in 2009, said the company’s managing director, Con Korfiatis.
Korfiatis told MacauNews Saturday that the expansion plan would make it possible to provide extra flights to current destinations – Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia and Japan – and increase the number of cities to which Viva Macau flies.
Korfiatis also said that new routes to Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Australia were being considered as well as the launch of routes to India, Russia and the Middle East.
Korfiatis told MacauNews that he believed the number of passengers next year would increase from a current 15,000 to 50,000 per month.
Korfiatis said that In its second year of operation Viva Macau is trading at a loss, but Korfiatis said the expansion plans would turn that around. He said there was no way Macau’s booming gaming and hospitality sector could rely on land and sea travel to bring in the maximum number of visitors.
The general manager of Viva Macau also said he was certain that increasing the number of staff at the company in 2009 would have the positive outcome the company had outlined in its five-year plan.
Korfiatis also called for changes to the legal framework for civil aviation in Macau, which currently guarantees a monopoly for Air Macau, which then offers sub-concessions to other airlines.
At the beginning of the year Viva Macau was voted low cost airline of the year by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). (macauhub)