The number of arriving and departing commercial flights in Macau saw a 353.6 percent yearly increase in April, totaling 2,980 – as the ramp up of international air routes continued, further boosting the city’s aim to attract more international visitors. Cross-border vehicle traffic also surged during the period.
During the first four months of the year, commercial flight activity rose by 108.1 percent yearly, with 9,162 trips.
Official data show that cross-border vehicle traffic (regarding Hong Kong and mainland China), rose by some 69.1 percent yearly in April, totaling 576,243 trips, the majority of which was light automobiles (538,618 – up 75 percent yearly). The figure implies that while package tours are returning, a large amount of cross-border traffic is being conducted by individuals – ferrying visitors and locals to and from the neighboring regions.
During the first four months of the year, cross-border vehicle traffic rose by 65.5 percent yearly, to 2.07 million trips.
Macau liberalized vehicle traffic to the mainland earlier this year, prompting a surge in applications for cross-border permits. Hong Kong is still working on its quota-free travel for private vehicles to Macau and Zhuhai via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.