Macau International Airport has recorded a 43.1 per cent increase in air-cargo throughput to 65,167 tonnes for last year.
The airport, which served 2.21 million passengers last year, recorded 13.4 per cent growth year on year.
Joao Sousa Moreira, chairman of CAM-Macau International Airport, said: 'We are very pleased to end the year on a high note. The results reflect the successful operation of the airport even under the difficult economic conditions in Asia during 1998.
'As 1999 is a remarkable year in Macau's history with the handover next December, we will continue to strive for the best possible achievement in both passenger and cargo traffic,' he said.
The airport, which commenced operations in November 1995, handled more than 5.5 million passengers and 135,880 tonnes of cargo to December.
There are 13 airlines serving Macau that offer 390 weekly scheduled flights to 25 destinations, 13 of which are on the mainland.
In December, cargo traffic grew strongly to 5,723 tonnes, up 25.8 per cent year on year, while passenger traffic rose 21.5 per cent to 183,975.
Roger Mowbray Stephenson, marketing adviser of Sociedade Do Aeroporto Internacional De Macau, said Macau was doing its utmost to attract business from southern China. The airport authorities would take part in a logistics conference in Guangzhou this month to inform the industry about Macau's services.