SINGAPORE, 29 May 2017 – Singapore Changi Airport handled 5.17 million passenger movements in April, a 7.8% year-on-year increase. Aircraft movements were 3.8% higher at 30,570 landings and takeoffs, while cargo shipments grew 4.4% to reach 171,720 tonnes, compared to the same period last year.
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%), Indonesia (+16%) and Malaysia (11%).
One billion passengers handled since opening
In April 2017, Changi Airport registered its one billionth passenger since its opening on 1 July 1981. Since then, three terminals have opened – Terminal 1 (in 1981), Terminal 2 (in 1990) and Terminal 3 (in 2008), while Terminal 4 will open in the second half of this year. Changi Airport’s passenger traffic has risen steadily on an annual basis – it handled over 20 million passengers per annum (mppa) in 1994, 30 mppa in 2004, 40 mppa in 2010, 50 mppa in 2012 and is on track to achieve 60 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.
Two million tonnes of cargo in past 12 months
Changi Airport handled more than two million tonnes of airfreight (+7%) for the 12 months ending April 2017, a new record in the airport’s history. Growth was across all flows – imports, exports and transshipment. Changi’s key airfreight segments include aerospace parts, perishables, pharmaceuticals, and e-commerce cargo. In January 2017, Changi Airport became the first air cargo community in Asia Pacific to establish an end-to-end supply chain that meets the IATA CEIV Pharma standards, ensuring a high handling standard of pharmaceutical cargo passing through the airport.
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