Changi Airport handled 4.42 million passengers in September, 3.9% higher than year ago

Changi Airport handled 4.42 million passengers in September, 3.9 per cent more than in the same month last year.
Changi Airport handled 4.42 million passengers in September, 3.9 per cent more than in the same month last year.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Changi Airport handled 4.42 million passengers in September, 3.9 per cent more than in the same month last year.

The number of aircraft landings and take-offs grew by 5.3 per cent to 28,460.

On the cargo front, 155,100 tonnes were processed last month, a 4.9 per cent year-on-year jump.

With the latest numbers unveiled by Changi Airport Group on Thursday, total passenger traffic for the first nine months of 2015 has hit 40.9 million.

This is 2.1 per cent higher compared to the same January-September period last year.

Aircraft movements rose marginally by 0.8 per cent to 257,370 while cargo shipments held steady at 1.37 million for the year to end-September.

Jakarta continued to top the list of Changi Airport's busiest routes so far this year, followed closely by Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Manila.

Traffic between Singapore and Bangkok, which was hit earlier this year due partly to political instability, has rebounded strongly with a year-on-year jump of more than 20 per cent in the number of passengers carried between January and September.

As at Oct 1, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to about 320 cities in about 80 countries and territories worldwide.

With more than 6,700 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds, the airport said.

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