Transport and Communications Statistics for January to September 2010

Information from the Statistics and Census Service indicated that the total number of licensed vehicles reached 193,966 at the end of September 2010, a year-on-year increase of 4%, of which 54% (104,857) were motorcycles and 39% (75,386) were light private cars. New registration of motor vehicles decreased slightly by 0.1% year-on-year to 12,005 in the first nine months of 2010, with motorcycles and light private cars accounting for 58% and 38% respectively. From January to September 2010, total number of traffic accidents rose by 6% year-on-year to 9,831 cases, resulting in 3,953 victims and 6 of them were killed. Cross-border vehicle traffic by land between Macao and Mainland China increased by 8% year-on-year to 2,809,194 vehicle trips in the first three quarters of 2010, with vehicle traffic through the Border Gate taking up 83% of the total. Commercial flight movements at the Macao International Airport dropped by 6% year-on-year to 26,010 in the first nine months of 2010. The major routes were Taiwan, China (38% of total commercial flights); Mainland China (28%); Thailand (9%); and Malaysia (8%). Helicopter flights between Macao and Hong Kong decreased by 5% year-on-year to 11,116 while those between Macao and Mainland China had an increase of 12 flights to 2,466. Passenger transport by sea between Macao and Hong Kong totalled 90,081 ferry trips in the first nine moths of 2010, up by 9% year-on-year, with that of the Outer Harbour (65,596) and the Provisional Ferry Terminal in Taipa (24,485) sharing 73% and 27% of the total respectively. Ferry trips between Macao and Mainland China totalled 19,537, up by 23% year-on-year. From January to September 2010, seaborne container throughput increased by 2% year-on-year to 66,780 TEU, corresponding to 47,964 containers handled, similar to that of a year earlier. Gross weight of seaborne containerized cargo rose by 2% year-on-year to 133,485 tonnes, with 10,014 tonnes of transshipment goods. Gross weight of containerized cargo by land dropped by 18% to 34,701 tonnes, including 13,521 tonnes of transit goods. Outward air cargo grew by 28% year-on-year to 23,425 tonnes in the first three quarters of 2010. The main destination was Taiwan, China that accounted for 72% of the total. Concurrently, inward air cargo increased by 21% to 10,605 tonnes, with those from Taiwan, China taking a predominant share of 84%. However, transit air cargo fell significantly by 46% year-on-year to 4,738 tonnes. At the end of September 2010, number of mobile telephone users rose by 10% from a year earlier to 1,107,066 whereas fixed-line telephone users decreased by 2% to 169,054. As regards internet services, number of subscribers reached 163,830 and the cumulative duration of usage totalled 308 million hours in the first nine months of 2010, up by 19% and 24% respectively.

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