Passenger traffic at Changi Airport rose 3.7 per cent to 4.58 million in September

A total of 43.5 million passengers travelled through Changi Airport in the first nine months of 2016.
A total of 43.5 million passengers travelled through Changi Airport in the first nine months of 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Changi Airport handled 4.58 million passenger movements in September, a 3.7 per cent year-on-year increase.

Aircraft movements grew by 3 per cent to 29,330 landings and take-offs, while cargo shipments rose 7.8 per cent to 167,100 tonnes compared to the same period last year.

In the first nine months of the year, 43.5 million passengers travelled through the airport.

This is 6.2 per cent more than during the same January to September period a year ago, Changi Airport Group said on Monday (Oct 24).

Aircraft movements during the same nine months increased by 4.2 per cent to 268,190.

All of Changi's top 10 country markets achieved positive growth year-to-date, with Indonesia, Malaysia and China taking the top three spots.

Jakarta continued to be Changi Airport's busiest route for the same period, followed closely by Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

Cargo shipments totalled 1.44 million tonnes during the first three quarters of the year, 5.5 per cent higher compared to the same period last year. This was the fastest pace of growth in the past five years, the airport said.

As at Oct 1, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 330 cities in about 80 countries and territories worldwide.

With more than 6,800 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds.