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.
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.