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The number of commercial flights in and out of Macao continues to grow

A notable surge has also been seen in the amount of air cargo handled during the first three months of the year.

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UPDATED: 03 May 2024, 9:01 am

Macao recorded 13,306 arrivals and departures by commercial flights in the first three months of the year, according to the latest figures from the Statistics and Census Service (also known by its Portuguese initials DSEC).

The figure represents an increase of more than 115 percent compared to the same period last year, when Covid-19 pandemic restrictions had only just been lifted.

The DSEC said that 22,252 tonnes of air cargo passed through the airport, consisting of 1,120 tonnes of inward cargo and 20,442 tonnes of outward cargo – year-on-year increases of just over 4 percent and almost 150 percent respectively

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For the month of March, the number of arriving and departing commercial flights rose by 76 percent year-on-year to 4,437 trips, while the gross weight of air cargo moving through the airport rose by 112 percent to 8,659 tonnes.

Earlier, Macao’s airport operator said the facility saw a passenger volume of 1.8 million people in the first quarter of this year  – representing 75 percent of the figures recorded in pre-pandemic 2019. 

Quarter-on-quarter, the passenger volume represents an increase of around 13 percent from the 1.6 million passengers recorded in the last three months of 2023.

UPDATED: 03 May 2024, 9:01 am

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