Singapore Changi Airport handled some 4.54 million passenger movements in July 2013, an increase of 4.0% compared to a year ago. Air traffic movements for the month also grew by 6.9%, with 29,000 landings and take-offs recorded at Changi. Airfreight movements increased by 1.1% on-year, with 160,000 tonnes of cargo passing through Changi Airport during the month.
Strong demand for air travel to and from Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, Southwest Pacific and the Middle East contributed to the growth in passenger traffic for the month. Among Changi’s top 10 cities, passenger movements between Singapore and Bali-Denpasar, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo saw double-digit increases in July 2013.
For the period of January to July 2013, 30.8 million passenger movements were recorded at Changi, 4.9% more than the corresponding period in 2012. Aircraft movements increased in tandem, increasing by 4.9% to 196,000. Airfreight shipments grew 1.3% to 1.1 million tonnes for the same period.
As at 1 August 2013, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to 250 cities in some 60 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 6,700 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.
Update of cargo data from July 2012 to June 2013
Following operational changes within Changi Airport’s express cargo segment, CAG has verified express cargo throughput figures for the July 2012 to June 2013 period. This verification has taken longer than expected due to the need to work with third party operators.
Data on airfreight tonnage at Changi Airport for the said period has since been updated and can be found in the Annex to this release and at http://www.changiairportgroup.com/cag/html/the-group/air_traffic_statistics.html. CAG regrets any inconvenience caused. With the verification, no further data updates are expected.
Other highlights at Changi
New Services and Frequency Changes – Following an agreement between Singapore and Indonesia to expand air links between the two countries, several airlines have started or increased the number of weekly services to Indonesian cities in July.
AirAsia launched four weekly services to Makassar and a new daily service to Surabaya. SilkAir started three weekly services to Semarang and Tigerair introduced a new daily service to Yogyakarta. Garuda Indonesia added four weekly services each to Bali-Denpasar and Surabaya, a new route for the airline. SilkAir added three weekly services on the Singapore-Medan route while Singapore Airlines added a daily service each to Bali-Denpasar and Jakarta. It also launched a daily service to Surabaya.
New Outlets – Four new retail and dining outlets have commenced operations in the transit areas of Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Gold jewellers Luvenus opened their second Changi store in Terminal 1, while the oriental-themed lifestyle boutique Madame Butterfly established its presence in Terminal 2, its third at Changi. Additionally, classic curry puff specialists Tip Top and the popular donut chain, Dunkin’ Donuts, have each opened an outlet in Terminal 2’s Departure Transit Mall.