FOUR legislators from Taiwan's Democratic Progress Party yesterday visited Macau's international airport to evaluate its future air links with the Kuomintang stronghold.
Lin Cheng-chieh, Tsai Shih-yuan, Lin Kwang-hua and Ker Ching-ming were accompanied by representatives of Taiwan's flag carrier China Airlines and Eva Air to make an inspection of the airport and be briefed on the latest developments.
The Hong Kong-Macau-Taiwan division head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Ma Xiaowen, a director of Air Macau, told the Taiwanese legislators he was optimistic that Macau and the island would reach an air pact.
However, he said the negotiations must be 'on an airline-to-airline basis and not a governmental basis'.
Macau Government officials had earlier claimed there would be about one million Taiwanese passengers using the new airport annually after it opens this year.
The airport should be ready in about four months, and test flights are due to begin in June. Air services are expected to begin in October.