Two new airlines are hoping to launch services from the former Portuguese island of Macau, provided agreement can be reached for Air Macau to give its blessing. Air Macau, which has a monopoly licence on scheduled services from Macau, west of Hong Kong, is in negotiations that could lead to sub-concessions being granted to the would-be airlines. Those seeking to launch passenger flights out of Macau are WOW Macau, which aims to focus on longer-haul services with widebodies but also have some services within Asia; and Golden Dragon, which aims to operate short-haul services with regional jets or Airbus A318s. Another possible no-frills player involved Virgin Blue, but the Australian carrier has pulled out of any deal. Air Macau, a full-service operator of narrowbody aircraft that makes most of its money from services between Taiwan and mainland China via its home base, could have a stake in one of the new carriers.

Source: Airline Business