Macau International Airport
July 17, 2009
The rain has stopped! Although it is still a little windy, it’s better than yesterday’s hurricane-like winds.
No matter where you travel to, most airport runaways look similar. From my personal experience, here is a runaway that’s a little different:
Macau, China faces the South China Sea and is only a quick ferry ride to Hong Kong. Known at the Las Vegas of the East, Macau is a hopping tourist destination with a renaissance Venice-themed shopping mall, famous hotels such as Wynn, Four Seasons and MGM and many World Heritage sites. Macau is quite unique from mainland China because there is Portuguese architecture, food and culture mixed in with the Chinese way of life. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century and administered the region until December 1999.
Although Macau was fun to visit, I did not really enjoy my experience at the airport. The runway of the Macau International Airport was built on a strip of reclaimed land in the sea. When my plane was landing, it looked like we were going to land right in the water. It was the scariest feeling!
Once we landed and the plane was making its way to the terminal on one of the two laneways, but the wings were wider than the laneways and stretched over the water.
The airport’s designed capacity is 6,000,000 passengers per year, with processing capacity of up to 2,000 passengers per hour. What I cannot believe is that these runways are able to handle a Boeing 747.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! See you Monday!