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Changi Airport caps milestone year with contribution to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund

Press release   •   Dec 31, 2012 13:00 +08

For the first time in its 31-year history, Singapore Changi Airport served more than 50 million passenger movements in 2012.  To commemorate this historic event, Changi Airport Group (CAG) today announced a special contribution to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF), through its philanthropic arm, Changi Foundation. 

The contribution of S$360,000 will benefit 50 student beneficiaries of SPMF’s newly launched post-secondary education fund.  The students will receive financial assistance to cover their daily needs over a five-year period. 

This morning in Changi Airport Terminal 1, Mr Yam Kum Weng, CAG’s Executive Vice President (Air Hub Development), presented a cheque to Mr Han Fook Kwang, Chairman of the School Pocket Money Fund.  The event was also witnessed by some 30 SPMF youth beneficiaries who had earlier taken part in an adventure race around Changi, to provide them with a better understanding of the airport. 

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CAG’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “This year, 2012, has been a very special year for Changi Airport.  We achieved  a record of more than 50 million passenger movements in one year, and we wanted to mark the milestone by sharing our success with the community.  

“This donation to the School Pocket Money Fund resonates with our adopted social cause – to support disadvantaged youths in their journey of transformation from adolescence to adulthood by helping to nurture and develop them to become active contributors to society.  

Even as CAG continues to make strides on the service and business front, we also aim to boost our efforts in enhancing the lives of youths in Singapore to enable them to achieve their fullest potential.”  

Mr Han Fook Kwang said, “We are very grateful for this very generous donation which is one of the largest commitments we have received so far.  It is very gratifying to know that amidst the year-end celebrations, we have many committed donors who made sure the needy among us are taken care of.”  

About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport followed on 1 July 2009.  As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. Through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, the Group invests in and manages foreign airports to spread the success of Changi Airport internationally.

Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com) is the world’s most awarded airport having garnered more than 400 accolades since it opened in 1981. To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are 330 retail stores and 120 F&B outlets across the airport's three terminals.  Changi handled more than 46 million passenger movements in 2011, an annual record.  Today, it serves some 100 airlines flying to over 220 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide.  A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.