Macau International Airport
Opened in December 1995, Macau International Airport handles over 4 million passengers a year and serves as a gateway both between China and Taiwan and between Macau and the rest of the world. Located at the eastern end of Taipa Island, only minutes away from the region’s cultural and entertainment centers, Macau International Airport is the only commercial airport in Macau.
The current airport, which includes an eleven thousand foot runway, was built before the Portuguese relinquished Macau in 1999. Prior to its operation, Macau was only able to accommodate small airplanes and helicopters. Comparatively, despite its relatively small size, Macau International Airport was designed to meet the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization, making it capable of hosting aircraft as large as Boeing 747s.
Although the airport has seen a tourism driven spike in passenger usage over the last several years, the facility still operates within its 6 million passengers per year capacity. Situated on the western side of the Pearl River Delta and as a direct access point to Zhuhai, one of China’s Special economic zones, Macau’s growing importance has necessitated an airport designed and operating under the assumption of expanded future use. Consequently, Macau International Airport has room to expand both its passenger and cargo abilities.
Amenities at Macau International are varied and include services perfect for business travelers and tourists alike. For international travelers, the airports banks, ATM’s, post offices, and currency exchanges can prove invaluable. Information desks are available for both Arrivals and Departures, while city service guides are equally convenient.
Other services and amenities include a number of different types of lounges. Smoking lounges are available on the departure level while an airport lounge on the mezzanine floor offers a number of diversions and activities. At the latter, guests can taken advantage of Internet connection, satellite TV, telephones, business services, and refreshments.
Meanwhile, the Air Macau VIP lounge offers a diverse array of specialties reflecting the diverse Portuguese, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Cantonese heritage of Macau. The specialty lounge also offers the latest newspapers and magazines from Macau and Taiwan for guests to peruse.
In addition to its role as a growing hub for international travel and commerce, Macau International Airport has taken a progressive approach to the safety, cleanliness, and effectiveness of its operation. Recently, this commitment was renewed with a focus on “Green Airport” policies.
Steps taken in this regard include following government guidelines, exploring, and implementing greening technologies and procedures. Additionally, focus has been placed on reducing CO2 emissions, reducing solid and liquid waste (including treatment and disposal), material reuse and recycling, and energy conservation. The airport also launched an environmental awareness program amongst the Macau International Airport staff.
Macau Airport Transportation
Given its location, convenient transportation to and from the airport is vital. Public buses, taxis, private rentals, coach services, and more are all easily accessible. The Macau Ferry Terminal is located about 10 minutes from the Airport’s Terminal building and offers regular arrivals and departures to Hong Kong. The ferry terminal also offers a regular helicopter service to Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Macau International Airport has two car parks available near the Terminal Building. Both of these parks offer a range of fees based on time and type of vehicle, as well as specialty spots reserved for disabled persons.
An Express Link Service has been introduced to allow certain passengers exemption from normal immigration procedures. The concept of two customs, one checkpoint, has been implemented to provide for passengers traveling sea-to-air, air-to-sea, land to air, and air-to-land. These express locations cover travel to Hong Kong, the mainland, and most other major destinations.