Changi Airport handles 4.42 million passengers in January, 3.8% down from 2014

SINGAPORE - Changi Airport handled 4.42 million passengers in January, 3.8 per cent fewer than a year ago.

Aircraft movements decreased in tandem by 5.2 per cent to 28,800 take offs and landings.

The fall was mainly due to traffic last year being boosted by Chinese New Year which fell on the last day of January, said Changi Airport Group on Friday.

Despite the traffic drop this year, traffic to and from South Asia grew by 5 per cent year-on-year in January, mainly fuelled by increased travel to India.

Traffic between Singapore and Thailand continued to improve, rising 22 per cent for the month.

In other recent developments, AirAsia Indonesia began its three times weekly service to Solo, Indonesia from Jan 29. Solo is a new city link for Changi and the airport's 14th Indonesian city link.

Myanmar Airways International now flies 10 times a week from Singapore to Yangon, up from once a day, while Malindo Air now operates four instead of three flights a day between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

On the retail front, a new fashion boutique, Femi Nine, has opened at the Terminal 3 basement mall while in the transit areas, American retailer Kate Spade NY has opened a store at T3, its first in an airport.

Local eatery chains Tip Top and Killiney Kopitiam have also opened new outlets at T3, offering travellers additional options for quick bites, Changi Airport said.

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