The Macau SAR Government has put forward its “Development plan for the appropriate diversification of the economy (2024 – 2028)” including implementation of an expansion plan for Macau International Airport, with the reclamation project to start in the second half of 2024. Completion is expected in 2029.
The government first revealed that it planned to expand Macau’s airport during the signing of new gaming concessions late last year, although details of that plan have until now remained scarce.
Now it has been confirmed that land reclamation will commence in 2024 with work on the airport apron itself starting in 4Q26.
Upon completion of the expansion, the capacity of the airport will be increased to serve 13 million passengers annually, up from its current 10 million, with additional remote boarding gates and an expanded taxiway system.
The government has also revealed its policy of opening up market access for airlines based in Macau in a gradual manner, changing the air transport franchise system to a licensing system, opening up the civil aviation market and improving the route network of Macau International Airport.
A through-train express service for land-air inter-modal transportation will be re-launched, while there are plans to set up passenger check-in facilities at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and Hengqin Port crossing facilities, with the goal of realizing a seamless connection between the two airports in Macau and Zhuhai.