The Macau International Airport is the airport serving the special administrative region of Macau, situated at the eastern end of Taipa Island and neighbouring waters. It opened on November 1995, and has since been a common transfer point for people travelling between China and Taiwan, as well as a passenger hub for destinations in mainland China and South-east Asia. It handled some 5 million passengers in 2006, along with some 220,000 tonnes of cargo.
Although owned by the Government of Macau, operated by the local Sociedade do Aeroporto Internatiocional de Macau, and in line with China's policies, the Macau Airport has its own immigration rules and regulations with separate customs territory from the mainland and the other regions of China. All travellers, including those to mainland China and Hong Kong, need to go through the immigration and customs inspections of international flights when using the airport.
The airport has only one main terminal where passenger services and air traffic control facilities are located. It dispatches flights to cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Busan, Beijing, Bangkok, Chengdu, Phnom Penh, Clark, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, and others. It is served by several major airlines and numerous low-cost carriers, including AirAsia, AirAsia Zest, Air China, Air Macau (main carrier), Bassaka Air, Cebu Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, EVA, Jetstar Pacific, Mega Maldives, and others.
Services and Facilities
Incepted in 1987 and finally opened in 1995, the Macau International Airport is a one-of-a-kind airport, with a runway that was built on a strip of reclaimed land in the sea, adjacent to Taipa Island where the main terminals and air traffic control facilities are located. The runway is connected to the apron by two causeways. The airport is designed to handle six million passengers every year, with a processing capacity of up to 2,000 passengers per hour. Despite its physical size, it is capable of handling aircraft as big as Boeing 747 and Antonov 124, forming a vital freight link between local manufacturers and overseas markets. Its catering facility can produce 10,000 meals per day as well – so travellers are covered.
Moreover, the three-storey building has separate public and restricted areas for facilities. The public area is open to the general public, whether they are using the airport or not. The restricted areas, however, are mainly for the travellers' use. The public area contains several fast food outlets, an information counter, the Macau Post office, left baggage and currency exchange desks, Macau-China travel service desks, several vending machines, bus, taxi, parking and parking cashier facilities, and others. The restricted areas meanwhile, have facilities for VIPs, such as dedicated lounges, a duty-free shop, mobile phone charging and Wi-Fi access, smoking lounges, several restaurants, and baggage claim areas.