Viva Macau launches Super Low Fares Promotion to Maldives, Phuket and Jakarta

Travel News Asia Friday, 1 December 2006

Viva Macau, the new international low-cost Macau-based airline, has launched its first flight schedule with fares as low as HK$88 to top destinations.

The airline is selling one-way tickets to its short-haul destinations Phuket, Thailand and Jakarta, Indonesia for HK$88; while fares to long-haul route Maldives cost only HK$888.

Viva Macau is set to fly in December in a bid to bring residents of Macau, Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta (PRD) to our exciting destinations at great value for money, said Andrew Pyne the airlines chief executive. With this, we also bring quick and efficient access to the spirit of Macau, Asias vibrant entertainment capital.

Viva Macau will fly to the Maldives twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays beginning December 21, 2006. Tickets on this special introductory fare are valid for travel until January 31, 2007.

Viva Macau is the latest entrant in the fast-growing low-fare sector of the airline industry. Viva Macau operates Boeing wide-body 767 jets, which give it a 12-hour range and allow it to offer service as far as Australia, the Middle East and Europe. The airline offers two classes of cabin service, dubbed Star and Superstar.

With Viva Macaus start of operations, inbound traffic to Macau is expected to increase significantly. Of the top five growth markets, Thailand and Indonesia ranked 3rd and 5th respectively, according to a recent Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) report on Macau. Thailand has registered a 65.7% growth from January-October 2006, compared to the same period last year. Indonesia marked a 41.8% growth. The recent addition of world-class casinos, entertainment facilities and Macaus rich cultural heritage have been attributed as all contributing to the boom.

The Maldives, has been a favorite destination from China and the PRD. Since the Maldives received Approved Destination Status (ADS) from China in December 2002 the island has received a robust increase in Chinese arrivals. According to a Maldives Tourism report, growth rates from this region have maintained double digits during the last five year period. In 2004, growth rate to Maldives was at 37%, placing the Chinese market second in Maldives top regional source markets.

Tickets at the above promotional fares can be purchased at Viva Macaus website,, or from appointed travel agents until December 31, 2006.

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