Changi Airport Handles 62.2 Million Passenger Movements
January 23, 2018 20:35 PM
SINGAPORE, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- Singapore Changi Airport (CAG) handled a record 62.2 million passenger movements, an increase of six per cent for 2017 with 373,200 landings and take-offs.
In a statement today, CAG said, airfreight throughput grew by 7.9 per cent, crossing the two-million-tonne mark for the first time, to reach 2.13 million tonnes for the year.
In 2017, traffic across all regions saw positive growth, with Southeast and Northeast Asia contributing to about 70 per cent of total traffic, it said.
CAG's Managing Director, Air Hub Development, Lim Ching Kiat, said 2017 was a significant year for Changi Airport.
"We saw strong growth in both passenger traffic and cargo throughput, resulting in record numbers and we also opened the new technology-friendly Terminal 4, which served 1.3 million passengers in its first two months of operations," he said.
China and India were among Changi's top 10 country markets, with a robust double-digit growth of 12 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively, he said.
CAG said among Changi Airport's busiest route was Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile, Guangzhou was among Changi Airport's top 20 destinations followed by Brisbane, Penang and Phuket, it said.
It said during the year, Changi Airport welcomed three passenger airlines - Hebei Airlines, Norwegian and US-Bangla Airlines, to its family of over 100 airlines.
Growth was observed for airfreight throughput across imports (+eight per cent), exports (+14 per cent) and transshipments (+four per cent), it said.
CAG said the top five country markets for airfreight were China, Australia, Hong Kong, US and India.
Looking ahead in 2018, CAG said it expected to see more developments in the long-haul segments to Europe.
On demand for air travel in the Asia-Pacific, CAG said, it expected it to triple in the next two decades.
It said with the opening of Jewel Changi Airport and the completion of Changi's Terminal 1 expansion in 2019, the airport's total handling capacity would increase to 85 million passengers per annum.
"This will help secure Changi Airport as a leading air hub with sufficient capacity to ride on the projected growth in air traffic in the region," it said.