About 5.3 million passengers passed through Changi Airport of Singapore in January this year, which is a 0.9 per cent increase over the same period last year. This was announced by Changi Airport Group (CAG) today. There was an increase of 9 per cent in passenger traffic from India.
“Passenger traffic for January 2018 remained stable compared to a year ago, which saw travel boosted by the Lunar New Year holidays in January 2017,” said CAG in a press release.
“Among Changi’s top 10 country markets, Japan (11 per cent), India (9 per cent) and Thailand (9 per cent) led the gainers. Major city routes that recorded strong traffic growth of at least 8 per cent included Bangkok, Chennai and London,” said CAG.
Regarding the aircraft movements, CAG said, “Aircraft movements saw a 2.8 per cent year-on-year increase, with 32,490 landings and takeoffs, while cargo shipments rose 10.7 per cent year-on-year to reach 175,590 tonnes.”
Regarding the new services introduced at the airport, CAG said, “Indonesia AirAsia started daily services to Padang – the first new city link for Changi Airport this year, as well as daily services connecting Singapore and Medan.
“JC (Cambodia) International Airlines has also joined Changi’s family of airlines, operating daily services between Singapore and Phnom Penh. Scoot also commenced thrice weekly services to Kuantan,” it added.
Changi Airport served a record of 60 million passengers for the whole of last year, up from 58.7 million passengers in 2016.
Currently, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 400 cities in about 100 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 7,200 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 80 seconds.