Macao International Airport logged a record of 5 million
passengers in the first 11 months of this year, the Macau Post
Daily reported on Monday.
The newspaper quoted a statistics released by the facility's
management company ADA (Administration of Airports Ltd.) as saying
that from January to November, the airport recorded 5,033, 653
passengers, up 11 percent year-on-year, but a statistics released
earlier showed that cargo throughput, not including mail, dropped
18 percent year-on-year in the first 10 months, amounting to 166,
627 metric tons. The airport, owned by the Macao government and
several private investors, opened in November 1995. Although it was
designed for an annual passenger movement of six million, plans of
gradual renovation and expansion are underway.
In a press statement posted on the airport's official website,
Suning Liu, Executive Director of Macau International Airport Co.
Ltd, said when the "Macao International Airport Facilities Moderate
Expansion Project" is completed, the airport's annual passenger
volume will be doubled up to 12 million.
She also said that once the expansion projects are completed,
some of the pressures and high demands created by Macao's MICE
industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) on the
airport will be relieved, while more convenient services and better
experiences will be provided to the visitors.
The Macao International Airport is the only airport in the city
with a population of 528,000.
(Xinhua News Agency, December 10, 2007)