Transport and Communications Statistics for the January – September 2009

Information from the Statistics and Census Service indicated that the total number of licensed vehicles reached 187,096 at the end of September 2009, a year-on-year increase of 3%, of which 54% (101,117) were motorcycles and 39% (72,445) were light private cars. New registration of vehicles decreased by 22% year-on-year to 12,020 in the first nine months of 2009, with motorcycles and light private cars accounting for 68% and 26% respectively. From January to September 2009, the total number of traffic accidents dropped by 3% year-on-year to 9,316 cases, resulting in 3,357 victims and 10 of them were killed. Traffic flow by land between Macao and Mainland China decreased by 9% to 2,606,108 vehicle trips in the first three quarters of 2009, with vehicle traffic through the Border Gate (82% of the total) registered a 7% drop. Commercial flight movements at the Macao International Airport fell by 23% year-on-year to 27,813 in the first nine months of 2009. The major routes were Taiwan, China; Mainland China; Thailand and Malaysia, accounting for 39%, 24%, 10% and 9% of the total commercial flights. Helicopter flights between Macao and Hong Kong dropped by 9% year-on-year to 11,679 whereas those between Macao and Mainland China increased by 20% to 2,454. Passenger transport by sea between Macao and Hong Kong rose by 29% year-on-year to 82,341 ferry trips and that between Macao and Mainland China totalled 15,928 trips, up by 2% compared with the first nine months of 2008. From January to September 2009, seaborne container throughput totalled 65,688 TEU or 47,992 containers handled, down by 32% and 30% respectively year-on-year. Gross weight of seaborne containerized cargo fell by 48% to 130,655 tonnes, with 9,550 tonnes of transshipment goods. Gross weight of containerized cargo by land dropped notably by 50% to 42,366 tonnes, including 10,515 tonnes of transit goods. Outward air cargo fell sharply by 45% year-on-year to 18,247 tonnes in the first three quarters of 2009. The main destinations were Taiwan, China; and Mainland China that accounted for 73% and 8% of the total respectively. Concurrently, inward air cargo decreased by 35% to 8,729 tonnes, with those from Taiwan, China taking a predominant share of 85%. In addition, transit air cargo tumbled by 76% year-on-year to 8,796 tonnes. At the end of September 2009, the number of mobile telephone users rose by 14% from a year earlier to 1,004,733 whereas fixed-line telephone users decreased by 3% to 172,656. As regards internet services, number of subscribers reached 137,764 and the cumulative duration of usage totalled 248 million hours in the first nine months of 2009, up by 7% and 36% respectively.

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