Viva Macau is eyeing new services to India and flights to additional points in existing destinations as part of its growth plan for the next year.

"India is on the cards as we look to grow our network," says CEO Reginald Macdonald. "We also want to increase the frequency on existing services and fly to new points in the countries that we already serve."

With Macau is keen to promote itself as a leisure and MICE destination, its government is working with the carrier to market the island to visitors.

"We go to destinations where nobody else really flies to, and that means we are the only option. As a result, we spend 80% of our time telling passengers about Macau and promoting it, instead of talking about the airline," adds Macdonald.

He says that Viva Macau would be keen to begin services to China, which are now the exclusive preserve of Air Macau. However, he concedes that it is unlikely to happen any time soon.

"Air Macau already have a pretty good network into China and it makes little sense to compete head on. We already work pretty closely with them - a lot of our passengers go on to China on them, and their's go to our destinations as well. But if there are opportunities at some point, we are keen to explore them," he says.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news