Changi Airport handled 4.24m passengers in April, up 0.8% from 2012

Changi Airport handled 4.24 million passengers last month, an increase of 0.8 per cent over the same period in 2012.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) said traffic was slightly impacted by the Good Friday holiday falling in March this year instead of in April, which was the case last year. This boosted traffic that month.

Aircraft movements also grew by 4.3 per cent to 27,500 flights, while cargo handled fell by 1.8 per cent to 145,600 tonnes compared to last April. In the first four months of this year, Changi handled 17.3 million passengers - an increase of 4.8 per cent over the same period last year.

Last month, Golden Myanmar Airlines started operating daily services connecting Singapore via Yangon to Mandalay, a new city link for Changi Airport. Sichuan Airlines also commenced twice-weekly services connecting Singapore to Nanning, China. CAG said the number of passenger movements in the coming months may be volatile.The near-term outlook for aviation remains cloudy due to high fuel prices, depressing cargo volumes and weak economic prospects for the global economy, it added.