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Macau Airport traffic declines from 2007 peak as impact from cross-Strait liberalisation bites

21-Sep-2011

Macau's aviation market has struggled since 2007 under a strategic, political and operational stalemate, which has seen the collapse of one of its two airlines and a sizeable contraction in air passenger and cargo numbers. However, interest in Macau is picking up again, as new LCCs emerge in North Asia, namely Korea and Japan. Foreign LCCs and Macau-China Mainland traffic is now driving traffic. The Jetstar Group has even identified Macau as a potential hub option. Overall, 2011 is expected to be a year of stabilisation for Macau, as it begins to claw back some of the lost ground of the past few years. However, growth will likely remain moderate for the foreseeable future. [2920 words]

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Subheadings:

  • Third consecutive month of traffic growth in Aug-2011 after 10 months of declines
  • Macau Airport expects to handle 4.2 million pax in 2011
  • 20% reduction in Taiwan-Macau capacity over past 20 months, more capacity to China
  • Japan-Macau capacity slumps on Mar-2011 earthquake impact
  • Jin Air and Air Macau add new routes in 2011
  • Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Air Macau operate between Macau and Singapore
  • Capacity between Macau and Philippines increase by 14% over past 12 months
  • Air Macau had 36% share of Macau capacity; AirAsia Group has largest LCC presence
  • Thai AirAsia and AirAsia the largest LCC operators to/from Macau. LCCs have 26% capacity share
  • Highest profit ever in 2010 for Air Macau
  • 15.7 million visited Macau in the first seven months of 2011
  • Macau - China’s answer to Las Vegas
  • Improved outlook for 2011

Graphs and data:

  • Macau Airport Passenger Numbers (2009 to 2011)
  • Macau Airport Cargo Volume (2009 to 2011)
  • Macau Airport Aircraft Movements (2009 to 2011)
  • Macau International Airport passenger traffic development: 2000 to 2010
  • Macau International Airport passenger traffic development: 2010 to Jul-2011
  • Macau International Airport’s markets change 2011 vs 2010 (weekly seat capacity)
  • Macau to Taiwan (seats per week, one way, 4-Jul-11 to 4-Mar-12)
  • Macau to China (seats per week, one way, 4-Jul-11 to 4-Mar-12)
  • Macau to Japan (seats per week, one way, 4-Jul-11 to 4-Mar-12)
  • Macau to South Korea (seats per week, one way, 4-Jul-11 to 4-Mar-12)
  • Macau to Singapore (seats per week, one way, 4-Jul-11 to 4-Mar-12)
  • Macau to Philippines (seats per week, one way, 4-Jul-11 to 4-Mar-12)
  • Macau to Thailand (seats per week, one way, 4-Jul-11 to 4-Mar-12)
  • Macau capacity (system seats per week) by carrier (12-Sep-2011 to 18-Sep-2011)
  • Macau capacity (system ASKs per week) by carrier (12-Sep-2011 to 18-Sep-2011)
  • Macau’s largest LCCs by system capacity (seats): 12-Sep-2011 to 18-Sep-2011
  • Macau capacity (seats) share by carrier type (12-Sep-2011 to 18-Sep-2011)
  • Visitor arrivals by place of residence: Jul-2011
  • Visitor arrival by place of residence
  • Visitor arrival by mode of transport and place of resident
  • Visitors and same-day visitors by mode of transport and place of residence
  • Visitor arrivals from Mainland China by principal province and municipality
  • Worldwide trips per capita by country: 2009
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