Air Macau will resume flights to the Philippine capital Manila, the Vietnamese resort of Da Nang, and the popular northern Thai city of Chiang Mai from March, the president of the Macao Civil Aviation Authority says.
According to the Tribuna de Macau, Simon Chan also told a Legislative Assembly meeting on Friday that Air Macau is on track to resume flights to at least 12 of the 24 international routes it operated before the pandemic. The resumption could take place as early as next month.
Previous reports suggested that the carrier would also begin flights to Singapore but the company has not announced details.
Earlier, Air Macau restored services to Osaka, Tokyo, Taipei and Bangkok. The Thai capital has been the airline’s most popular destination since Macao lifted its pandemic restrictions, with weekly flights more than 80 per cent full.
Before Covid-19 hit in early 2020, Air Macau operated 62 routes, 35 of them to mainland China.
The Tribuna de Macau reported that Chan felt there was interest from some European, Middle Eastern and American airlines in starting direct flights to Macao, but concrete plans would not materialise unless there was greater demand.