Air Macau plans flights to Taiwan
By MAGDALEN CHOW
AIR Macau is ready to talk to Taiwanese airlines to arrange direct flights with Macau once the new airport opens this November, according to its deputy chief executive.
'There will be no air service agreements between Taiwan and Macau but only air arrangements between us [Air Macau] and the Taiwan airline companies,' said Zhou Yunda.
He said unlike the aviation agreements that Macau signed with other countries, the air deal between Macau and Taiwan would not involve the two governments because Macau would become part of China after 1999 and Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province.
He added that informal talks had started with individual Taiwanese airlines.
'We look forward to meeting with the Taiwanese airline companies and discussing details on air arrangements and expect to achieve good results,' he said.
He said he was confident the agreement signed between Macau and Taiwan would stand after 1999.
So far, the Macau Civil Aviation Authority has signed civil aviation agreements with 18 countries in Europe and Asia.
Mr Zhou described the progress as smooth and he was confident the agreements with other countries would be finalised before the opening of the airport.
The director co-ordinator of the Centre for Pre-University Studies of Macau, Dr Ieond Wanchong, said air service accords between Macau and other countries could be settled before the opening of the airport.
He believed that all the signed agreements would be valid after 1999.