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24 Luglio 2017

Macao

POLICYMAKERS TO CONSIDER WHETHER TO END AIR MACAU PRIVILEGED POSITION AFTER 2020

One possibility is for billionaire businesswoman Pansy Ho to renew her bid to launch a budget airline in former Portuguese enclave Macau’s policymakers will soon consider whether to end Air Macau’s privileged position as the sole home airline. Whether a second home airline is created may become clearer at the end of the month when the territory’s civil aviation regulator receives an interim report from consultants on the future development of the industry in the former Portuguese enclave. The government will decide whether to keep the status quo or not after Air Macau’s franchise runs out in 2020. Pansy Ho Chiu-king, chairwoman of Shun Tak Holdings and daughter of gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, may be tempted to make a third attempt to launch an airline. The billionaire businesswoman sparked intrigue after she told The Australiannewspaper last month about the possibility of relaunching Jetstar Hong Kong. However Qantas, which controls the Jetstar brand, has repeatedly ruled out a revival of its failed budget airline offshoot in Hong Kong. Jetstar’s sister airlines in Singapore, Vietnam and Japan still manage to fly up to several times a day to Hong Kong without having a base in the city. (ICE HONG KONG)