The government announced Friday that Taiwanese airline EVA Air will have five flights from Macao to Europe, in August and September to allow the return of students enrolled in universities abroad in the next academic year.
“The government is concerned about the end of the summer holidays and [the fact] that Macao students studying abroad need to travel to continue their studies,” said Lau Fong Chi, Public Relations from Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
“They are commercial flights by airlines and are not financed by the government. They are only arranged by the government after talks with the airline,” she added.
Lau explained that the service is intended for students, but any other Macao residents who wants to use this service can also contact Eva Airways.
Upon arrival either in United Kingdom or France, students can choose to travel to several other countries including Portugal.
The flights to London will take place on 26 August, and on 9 and 23 September. In addition, two more flights are planned from Macao to France, also via Taipei, on 28 August and 4 September.
Since Hong Kong declared some months ago that all visitors have to go in quarantine for 14 days when entering the territory, trips abroad became almost impossible unless you follow the local health rules.
For a period of one month, the Hong Kong government allowed a special maritime corridor between Macao and the Chek Lap Kok airport to allow local residents to fly abroad and also return to Macao.
Some Macao residents have been flying to Europe using Air Macao flights to Seoul and Taipei, but due to the unpredictability of flight schedules, there is a risk that travellers might be stranded in transit.