Macau International Airport
|Macau International Airport
Aeroporto Internacional de Macau
Oumùhn Gwokjai Gēichèuhng
|IATA: MFM – ICAO: VMMC
|Operator||Sociedade do Aeroporto Internacional de Macau S.A.R.L.|
|Hub for||Air Macau|
|Elevation AMSL||6 m / 20 ft|
|Sources: airport website and DAFIF|
|Macau International Airport|
|Portuguese||Aeroporto Internacional de Macau|
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Macau International Airport (IATA: MFM, ICAO: 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 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. It belongs to Macau International Airport Airline hub.
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 and Hong Kong need to go through the immigration and customs inspections of international flights.
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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 1927-1933; 1937–1940
- Portuguese Naval Aviation seaplane base in the Outer Harbour - southeast side of the mainland 1940-1942
- Temporary airstrip on Coloane
- Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier, Macau heliport
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. There are 10 gates.
Despite its small physical size, the airport is capable of handling Boeing 747s and Antonov 124s, which forms a vital freight link between local manufacturers and overseas markets. Its catering facility can produce up to 10,000 meals per day.
Navigational and radio aids are located at either end of the runway.
Airlines and destinations
- Macau Customs Service (Public Security Police Force of Macau)
- Macau Immigration Department/Services (Public Security Police Force of Macau)
- Macau Business Aviation Centre
- Hotel China - across the street from the Main Terminal building
There is limited retail shops at the airport as the airport mainly services China and some destinations in Southeast Asia:
- Airside Fastfood - Mezzanine and Departure Levels
- Macau Restaurant (Cantonese cuisine) - Mezzanine Level
- Macau Post - Departure Level
- Delta Asia Bank - Departure Level
- Seng Heng Bank - Arrivals Level
- King Power Duty Free Shop (Macau) Limited
Macau Airport has one Multi-Purpose Rescue and Fire Boat (Flor de Lotus built by SEN Engenharia e Arquitectura Naval of Portugal) owned and operated by Companhia do Aeroporto de Macau. The fire boat is docked at the fire station at C1 taxiway. It has two fire nozzles and additional liferafts in the rear.
There are two airport fire and rescue stations, one at the terminal end of taxiway H and the other at the runway end of taxiway C1). The fire services is provided by Corpo de Bombeiros de Macau. The airport fire service has 1 Oshkosh Corporation TI 3000 airport tenders and five new Rosenbauer Panther RBM 36.705 6x6 ARFF with telesquirt.
The airport is connected by public transit bus routes, taxis, private cars and regional coach services.
The airport has a parking areas on either side of the terminal building.
Air Sea Link
For transfer passenger to Mainland China or Hong Kong a "two customs, one checkpoint" service is provided. Passengers can use a bus shuttle directly from the airport to the New Macau Ferry Terminal or the Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal without passing Macau immigration.
- Transmac: Route 26 and AP1
- T.C.M.: Route N2
- Reolian :Route 36, MT1, and MT2
Cross-Border Coach connects Macau International Airport with mainland locations like Huadao, Guangzhou, Panyu, Dongguan, Gongbei Border Gate and Hengqin Border. The "two customs, once checkpoint" service is also available to the Hengqin Border.
Directly opposite the airport departure lounge is the Golden Crown Airport Hotel.
- Macau International Airport, official site
- Airport information for VMMC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for MFM at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Macau 2007 Yearbook. Government Information Bureau of the Macau SAR. 2007. ISBN 978-99937-56-09-5.
- Air Macau start service to Zhengzhou
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