Changi sees 0.9% rise in passenger traffic in January

Passenger traffic at Changi Airport stood at 5.3 million last month, a 0.9 per cent increase from the same month last year, Changi Airport Group (CAG) said in a statement yesterday.

Aircraft movements during the period rose by 2.8 per cent to 32,490 landings and take-offs, while air cargo volumes grew by nearly 11 per cent to 175,590 tonnes.

Japan, India and Thailand were among the top 10 countries in terms of passenger numbers travelling to and from Singapore. Japan recorded the most growth - 11 per cent - last month followed by India and Thailand, both of which saw 9 per cent growth each.

"Major city routes that recorded strong traffic growth of at least 8 per cent included Bangkok, Chennai and London," added CAG.

Several new services were launched, including daily AirAsia flights to Padang and Medan in Indonesia, as well as thrice-weekly Scoot flights to Kuantan in Malaysia.

JC (Cambodia) International Airlines is also now operating daily services between Singapore and Phnom Penh.

More than 7,200 flights are scheduled at Changi Airport weekly, meaning that an aircraft takes off or lands roughly once every 80 seconds.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Changi sees 0.9% rise in passenger traffic in January'. Subscribe