Singapore Changi Airport marked its 30th anniversary in July 2011 by handling a record 4.17 million passenger movements during the month. This is an increase of 13.6% compared to July 2010, and surpasses the previous monthly high of 4.06 million passenger movements in December 2010. Year-to-date, passenger movements grew 11.2% to 26.6 million.
July 2011 was also Changi’s busiest month ever in terms of aircraft movements, which increased 14.7% on-year to 25,908 flights. Low cost carriers (LCCs) led the growth with an increase of 27.8% while full service carriers (FSCs) grew 10.1%. In terms of passengers carried, LCCs and FSCs grew by 28.5% and 9.3% respectively.
Passenger traffic growth was strongest for Eastern Europe, North East Asia and South East Asia, which each registered double-digit increases. Traffic between Singapore and Tokyo (3.1%) and all of Japan (7.8%) improved on-year for the first time since the earthquake and tsunami in March this year.
During the month, Changi Airport welcomed Batavia Air’s new thrice-weekly service to Bandung – the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province. As at 1 August 2011, Changi Airport serves 100 airlines operating more than 5,800 weekly flights to some 200 cities in 60 countries and territories.
On the cargo front, 160,000 tonnes were moved in July 2011, representing a growth of 1.2% over the same period last year. For the first seven months of the year, 1.07 million tonnes were handled, an increase of 3.0%.
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 – Indian specialist scarf supplier Pashma has opened its third outlet in Changi Airport. Pashma’s newest outlet is located in Terminal 1’s Departure Transit Hall.
Visitors to Terminal 3 now have more shopping options with a slew of new shop openings. Australian fashion brand Cotton On and video company Poh Kim Video have opened new stores at T3’s Basement 2 while Durian Mpire has launched an outlet at T3’s Departure Hall.
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 370 accolades since it opened in 1981. Changi handled more than 42 million passenger movements in 2010, an annual record in passenger traffic. The airport, which has four terminals, serves some 100 airlines flying to over 200 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.