Located on Taipa Island in the Special Administrative Region of Macau, China, Macau International Airport (MIA) opened in 1995. Since then, the airport has played a vital role in establishing a link between the Pearl River Delta and the rest of the world and serves as a hub for freight and express cargo in Asia Pacific.
The airport is operated by the Macau International Airport Company (CAM), which is officially known as Sociedade do Aeroporto Internacional de Macau, under a 50-year contract that extends until 2039.
The airport has full-fledged passenger and cargo facilities to handle six million passengers and 165,000t of freight a year. It recorded five million passenger movements and 48,000 flight movements in 2013. It won the ‘Best Emerging Airport in Asia’ in the 28th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) 2014.
Terminal features at Macau International Airport
Macau International Airport has a single passenger terminal building with a built-up area of 45,000m². The two-level building houses an arrival area on the ground floor and a departure area on the first floor. The second floor houses various passenger facilities such as VIP lounges and dining areas. The 18-year-old terminal building was designed to handle 2,000 passengers an hour and six million passengers a year.
Passenger facilities at the terminal include duty-free shops, restaurants, coffee shops, fast food centres, airport lounge, luggage storage facility, banking services and smoking lounges.
Terminal expansion at MIA
With the growth in passenger traffic in the recent years, the CAM planned for the north side expansion of the passenger terminal building in 2014. Accordingly, it appointed Mott MacDonald as consultant to design and build the expansion. Mott MacDonald completed the conceptual planning work of the terminal expansion in July 2014.
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The expansion project involves addition of space at all the levels. The expansion at the arrival area will focus on an additional area to increase the passenger processing capacity. Lounges in the departure area will be upgraded with extra retail and office space. The extension at mezzanine level will connect the airport with Macau light rail transit (LRT) along with the addition of space for retail, food and beverage outlets. A new level will be constructed to create new office space.
The expansion project also includes the finishing works for internal floors, ceilings and walls, installing waterproofing and insulation system for roofs, façade works, installing new plumbing and drainage system, new fire services system, electrical services system and MVAC system, construction of passenger loading bridge and a new escalator.
The MIA has a single runway (16/34), which is 3,360m long and 45m wide and is capable of handling long-haul flights. The runway is an artificial island constructed through land reclamation in strict accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. The runway 34 is equipped with CAT II approach lighting system while the runway 16 has a simple approach lighting system.
Taxiway and aprons
The Macau International Airport has one parallel taxiway, which is 1,353m long and 23m wide. It also has an apron consisting of 24 parking stands, ten of which are big enough to accommodate Boeing 747-400 aircraft. In addtion, the apron has four loading air bridges and a 7,000m² mobile equipment area.
The MIA also has an air cargo facility spread across an area of 18,500m², a maintenance hangar with a hall area of 6,200m² and an annex building area of 1,040m². It also has an aircraft fuel farm with a storage capacity of 8,000m³.
Two outdoor car parking areas are located at both ends of the passenger terminal building. Special parking spaces for disabled drivers are located close the terminal building.