Changi Airport handled 5.26m passengers in January, 8.2% more than a year ago

Changi Airport handled 5.26 million passengers in January, 8.2 per cent more than a year ago.
Changi Airport handled 5.26 million passengers in January, 8.2 per cent more than a year ago.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Changi Airport handled 5.26 million passengers in January, 8.2 per cent more than a year ago - mainly due to the Chinese New Year break.

In 2016, the festival fell in February.

Aircraft movements in January were 4.8 per cent higher year-on-year with 31,600 landings and takeoffs, while cargo shipments were steady at 158,690 tonnes, Changi Airport Group said on Thursday.

Passenger traffic growth for the month of January was boosted by air travel demand to and from South-east Asia, North-east Asia and South Asia.

Among Changi Airport's top 10 country markets, China led the gainers with a strong 31 per cent growth in passenger traffic, the airport said.

As at Jan 1, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to about 380 cities in about 90 countries and territories worldwide.

With more than 7,000 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi about once every 90 seconds.