Local travel agencies have been in discussion with airlines for an increase in the number of available flights to Europe and the United States
Macau airport flights dropped 94% this June compared to last year’s figures, mainly because of pandemic related travel restrictions.
The number of visitors in Macau is still low although the land-border to mainland China was opened recently.
As we reported, the 2000 daily visitors just won’t cut it and are so far away from last year's figures where daily easily more than 100k foreigners came to visit the special economic zone.
There is still a long road ahead for a full recovery level and Macau’s airport still doesn’t offer intercontinental passenger flights out of Asia. But as a next step of recovery local authorities indicated yesterday that an increase in the number of flights and connecting flights available to people in the city needing to reach European countries and the United States are expected from the end of August.
Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Public Relations Director, Lau Fong Chi, stated that local travel agencies have been in discussion with airlines for an increase in the number of available flights to Europe and the United States via Taipei or Seoul.
Taiwan and South Korea are currently the only options for passengers needing to travel outside of Asia. EVA Air, which operates flights from Macau to Taipei, and Air Macau operating flights from Macau to Seoul were mentioned. Although these new flights will unlikely bring in any new players since visa restrictions are still valid, it is a step in the right direction. Actually the main reason for this increase in available flights is to assist local students enrolled in higher education institutions abroad to reach those countries.
Within Asia there are also flights from Macau to Japan, China, Cambodia Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand.