Singapore Changi Airport opened the year on a strong note, with 4.24 million passengers passing through the airport in January 2012. Apart from December 2011, this is the highest number of passenger movements Changi has handled in a month, representing an increase of 12.1% over the same month last year. Air traffic movements grew in tandem, clocking 27,600 aircraft movements, 14.9% more than a year ago.
Travel demand in January was boosted by the Lunar New Year holiday which was spread over a long weekend. Demand was strongest on Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia and Middle East routes. Each of these regions registered double-digit growth year-on-year. For the month, the top five routes were Jakarta, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila, which collectively accounted for close to one-third of passenger traffic.
Changi Airport has established itself as the preferred hub in the region for premium travellers, with one in every 10 passengers travelling on first or business class.
With decreased airfreight demand over the Lunar New Year period, cargo movements at Changi Airport in January was down 7.1% on-year with 136, 800 tonnes of cargo handled.
As at 1 February 2012, Changi Airport is connected to some 210 cities in 60 countries and territories, and serves over 100 airlines operating more than 6,100 weekly flights.
Changi Airport’s traffic statistics are available at http://www.changiairportgroup.com/cag/html/the-group/air_traffic_statistics.html.
Other highlights at Changi
New Outlets – F&B offerings were boosted at Terminals 2 and 3 during the month. In the transit areas, Chinta Manis, offering nonya cuisine, has opened a stall in Terminal 2, while Terminal 3 saw the addition of various cafes such as Kaffe and Toast, Boost Juice, Pitch and Chips, and Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert, as well as M&Ms.
In the Terminal 3 public area, several F&B stores have started operations on the newly reopened Level 3, such as Thai Express, Gurney Drive and Itacho Sushi. Terminal 3 Basement 2 also welcomed two new stores – Expressoul Café and Planet Toy.
 The Lunar New Year holiday was in February in 2011.
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 390 accolades since it opened in 1981. To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are 320 retail stores and 130 F&B outlets across the airport's four terminals. Changi handled more than 46 million passenger movements in 2011, an annual record. Today, it serves some 100 airlines flying to over 210 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.