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Jin Air Launch Seoul-Macau Service30 Nov 2010

More and more low cost carriers (LCC) eyed Macau as destination, a Korean LCC, Jin Air departed its first flight to Seoul from Macau on 30th November, this was another new airline of the year after Mandala Airlines started Jakarta service in July.

An inaugural flight ceremony was held at Macau International Airport with the presence of the president and CEO of Jin Air, Mr. Jae-Kun Kim, president of Civil Aviation Authority of Macau SAR Government, Mr. Simon Chan, Head of Promotion & Marketing Department of Macau Government Tourist Office Ms. Cecilia Tse and Executive Director of Macau International Airport Company Limited, Ms Suning Liu.  Ms Liu. Ms Liu in her welcome speech said that the economic revival in Korea stimulated growth of resident outbound travel and thus become an important source market of Macau. According to statistics of the Macau Government Tourist Office, Korean visitors posted a growth of 62%, during Jan to Sep this year, among which 15% arrived via Macau Airport. Korea is also a popular destination among local residents, the service would be in time to satisfy the Christmas peak season for travel in December.

Jin Air adopted the LCC model in providing best fare tickets with quality and safety standard in its service.  The easiness of this air service offers convenient travel between Macau and Korea five times per week.  It is expected that Jin Air would bring in more visitors as well as provide Macau residents with more choices for leisure travel. 

The airline utilizes B737-800 with 183 economy seats onboard, operating every Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and Sun between Macau and Incheon Airport.  The flight arrives in Macau at 1.50 am and departs at 2.55 am.

According to Macau Government Tourist Office, the visitor arrival for the first nine months reached 18.59 million, up 17% compared to same period last year, while Korean visitors accounts for 240 thousands up 62%.  From Jan to Oct, Macau International Airport handled a total of 3.43 million passengers.  The number of destination passengers recorded an increase of 6%.  Korean Visitors arrvied by air is 30 thousands, a 44% up compared to same period of last year.

Along with further global economic recovery, more airlines would be expected to come as Macau is becoming an International Entertainment and Leisure Centre.  More new routes are expected to open before end of this year.  Macau Airport will continue to work in close relation with airlines to explore with new route opportunity.