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CotaiJet Receives New License + Permission for Additional Routes

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Sands Chinas CotaiJet ferry operation has been issued a 10-year license to operate its ferries between Macau and Hong Kong under the new licensing regime approved by the Macau SAR Government. The license also increases the number of routes the CotaiJet service can use, including the addition of several daily roundtrip sailings between the Hong Kong International Airport and the Taipa Ferry Terminal which is located just minutes from the companys properties on the Cotai Strip.

Opening new routes and increasing capacity from Hong Kong to Macau will facilitate the growth of the meetings, incentive, convention, and exhibition business by seamlessly linking the Hong Kong airport and other points of arrival and departure to the Cotai Strip, said Steve Jacobs, chief executive officer of Sands China Ltd. The additional routes will also provide substantial flexibility for our guests coming to enjoy one of the many live entertainment acts featured at the CotaiArena. Our company is committed to helping the government diversify Macaus economy and our ability to bring more and more people to Macau, whether to attend a meeting or convention or see a live performance, will have a dramatic impact on those diversification efforts.

The CotaiJet ferry service has run daily roundtrip sailings between the Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong and the Taipa Ferry Terminal in Macau since it began operating in late 2007. Under the new license, CotaiJet can operate up to 35-daily roundtrip sailings between the Hong Kong Ferry Terminal and the Taipa Ferry Terminal; six roundtrip sailings between the Hong Kong International Airport and the Taipa Ferry Terminal; six roundtrips between the Hong Kong International Airport and the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal on the Macau peninsula; three roundtrip sailings each between the China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon, Hong Kong and the Taipa and Outer Harbor terminals; and two daily roundtrip sailings between the Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong and the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal.

Mr. Jacobs said the company would work as quickly as possible to have the new routes up and running.

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