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Macau International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Macau
澳門國際機場
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IATA: MFMICAO: VMMC
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Sociedade do Aeroporto Internacional de Macau S.A.R.L. [1]
Serves Macau
Location Taipa
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 22°08′58″N 113°35′29″E / 22.14944°N 113.59139°E / 22.14944; 113.59139
Website www.macau-airport.gov.mo
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,360 11,024 Concrete
Sources: airport website[1] and DAFIF[2][3]

Macau International Airport (traditional Chinese: 澳門國際機場pinyin: Àomén Guójì Jīchǎng; Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional de Macau) (IATA: MFMICAO: VMMC) situated at the eastern end of Taipa island and neighbouring waters, is the only airport in Macau, which opened for commercial operations in November 1995. Since then the airport has been a common transfer point for people traveling between mainland China and Taiwan, as well as a passenger hub for destinations in mainland China and Southeast Asia. During 2006, the airport handled 5 million passengers and 220,000 tonnes of cargo.[4]

As in Hong Kong, Macau has its own immigration policies and is a separate customs territory from mainland China. All travellers, including those to mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan need to go through the immigration and customs inspections of international flights.

Contents

History

Airport terminal
Departure lounge

The airport was opened in November 1995, during Portuguese rule. Before then the territory only had 2 temporary airports for small aeroplanes, in addition to several permanent heliports. Cathay Pacific operated seaplane service between Hong Kong and Macau in the late 1940s. The only air services Macau had in the 1990s were helicopter services operated by East Asia Airlines to Hong Kong.

Former air facilities in Macau:

  • Portuguese Naval Aviation seaplane base on Taipa Island
  • Portuguese Naval Aviation seaplane base in the Outer Harbour - southeast side of the mainland
  • Temporary airstrip on Coloane
  • Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier, Macau heliport


Facilities

The airport's runway was built on a strip of reclaimed land in the sea, adjacent to Taipa Island, where the main terminal and air traffic control facilities are located. The runway is connected to the apron by two causeways. Runway 34 is ILS CAT II equipped.

The airport's designed capacity is 6,000,000 passengers per year, with processing capacity of up to 2,000 passengers per hour. The airport does not have a night curfew. There are 24 parking spaces for aircraft in the apron, with 4 jetways.

Despite its small physical size, the airport is capable of handling Boeing 747s, which forms a vital freight link between local manufacturers and overseas markets. Its catering facility can produce up to 10,000 meals per day.

Airlines and destinations

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Economy of Macau
Currency and Identity

Macanese Pataca
Banknotes · Coins

Monetary Authority

Resources

        Transport   Tourism     Postal        
        Port             Gambling   Airport

Companies

Air Macau       Sands Macao
Macau.com       Shun Tak Holdings

Other Macau topics
Culture&Demographics - Education - Economy
Geography - History - Politics&Gov.
Macau Portal

The following airlines serve Macau International Airport:

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Penang
Air China Wuhan
Air Macau Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Kaohsiung, Nanjing, Nanning, Osaka-Kansai, Shanghai-Pudong, Seoul-Incheon, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita [seasonal], Xiamen
Cebu Pacific Clark, Manila
EVA Air operated by Uni Air Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore
Philippine Airlines Manila
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
Spirit of Manila Airlines Clark [begins 1 April] [5]
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Tiger Airways Singapore
TransAsia Airways Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan
Viva Macau Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Melbourne, Sydney [ends 28 March], Tokyo-Narita, Sapporo-Chitose
Xiamen Airlines Hangzhou, Xiamen
Cities with direct air links with Macau International Airport.
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Cargo airlines

The following cargo airlines serve Macau International Airport (as of October 2007):

Firefighting Services

  • 1 Multi-Purpose Rescue and Fire Boat owned and operated by Companhia do Aeroporto de Macau.
  • two airport fire and rescue stations

See also

References

  1. ^ Macau International Airport, official site
  2. ^ Airport information for VMMC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.. Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for MFM at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  4. ^ Macau 2007 Yearbook. Government Information Bureau of the Macau SAR. 2007. ISBN 978-99937-56-09-5. 
  5. ^ http://www.spiritofmanilaairlines.com/schedules.aspx

External links


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