Code allotment flights to India in the works

Air Macau is considering launching code share flights to India in partnership with Air China, the operator’s executive vice president Wang Xuefeng disclosed in an interview with Macau Daily Times.We are aware of the Indian market and our commercial department is considering to launch code share flights using Air China’s resources,he said.Currently there are no direct flights between Macau and India, but yesterday, Macau Government Tourist Office director João Manuel Costa Antunes confirmed the Government’s interest in establishing a new route, saying that there have already been a few meetings and presentations.The number of Indian visitors has boomed in the first half of the year so the market is there. It’s not difficult to imagine we could fill several planes from India to Macau,Antunes stressed.However, he continued,Air Macau cannot do that route because of the restrictions on its capacity, so there will have to be interest from Indian airlines.On Tuesday, CAM’s advisor and director of contract and operation management department António Rato said that Air Macau should consider flying to India.At this moment, we don’t have flights to India. The growth of Indian market in Macau is something amazing, but all flights are based in Hong Kong,” he said.If we look at the statistics, most Indians who land in Hong Kong are actually coming to Macau I would say 50 percent,he said.Meanwhile, the International Airport Company  is offering special rebates to the airline that first launches connectivity between India and Macau, in a bid to woo Indian carriers to start operations in Macau. In July, Macau received 12,845 visitors from India, up 47.5 percent compared to the same period of 2009.

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