Macau Airport with less passengers and cargo in 2009

8 January 2010

Macau, China, 8 Jan – Macau’s international airport was used by 4.25 million passengers in 2009, 16.6 percent fewer than in 2008, Macau Airport Company (CAM) president Deng Jun has stated.

During the same period CAM processed 52,000 tonnes of cargo and recorded 40,000 aircraft movements.

Compared to 2008, the processed cargo figures represent a drop of 48 percent, while those for aircraft movements fell nearly 20 percent, Deng Jun said.

The CAM president made his comments at the end of an extraordinary shareholders meeting. The 2008 figures were in line with the targets set by shareholders, he explained.

A five-year development plan is almost finished and will be presented to the Macau government following approval by the shareholders, which should occur this coming March.

The Macau international airport began operations in November 1995 and for the past 14 years has served as a springboard for semi-direct flights between Taiwan and mainland China.

It currently offers direct flights to destinations in China, some countries in Southeast Asia and Australia.