Changi Airport reaches milestone 1 billion passengers since opening

In April 2017, Changi Airport registered its one billionth passenger since its opening on 1 July 1981. Changi Airport’s passenger traffic has risen steadily on an annual basis – and is on track to achieve 60 million passengers per annum (mppa) in 2017.

Photo courtesy: Changi Airport Group
Photo courtesy: Changi Airport Group

The Singapore air hub has also grown with the rise in passenger traffic – in 1981, 34 airlines operated to 67 cities. Today, about 120 airlines link Singapore to more than 380 cities globally, Changi Airport Group said in a press statement on May 29, 2017.

The airport handled 5.17 million passenger movements in April, a 7.8 percent year-on-year increase. Passenger traffic for the month of April was boosted by growth across all regions except the Middle East. Nine out of Changi’s top 20 country markets registered double-digit growth, including India (+16 percent), Indonesia (+16 percent) and Malaysia (+11 percent).

Aircraft movements were 3.8 percent higher at 30,570 landings and takeoffs. Cargo shipments grew 4.4 percent to reach 171,720 tonnes, compared to the same period last year.

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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