Changi sees 5.8% rise in passenger traffic in May

Changi Airport handled record numbers of passengers, flights and cargo in 2017, with total passenger traffic growing by 6 per cent year on year to 62.2 million.
Changi Airport handled record numbers of passengers, flights and cargo in 2017, with total passenger traffic growing by 6 per cent year on year to 62.2 million.PHOTO: ST FILE

Changi Airport handled 5.29 million passengers last month, an increase of 5.8 per cent from a year ago.

Aircraft movements increased 3.6 per cent to 32,330 landings and take-offs, while airfreight registered a modest growth of 1.8 per cent to reach 180,490 tonnes, said Changi Airport Group (CAG) in a statement yesterday.

The traffic between Singapore and Europe grew strongly - at 17 per cent - in the light of additional capacity introduced recently to Germany, Poland and Britain.

Meanwhile, China led the pack for gains in Changi's top 10 markets.

More than 550,000 passengers travelled between Singapore and China last month, which represented a 12 per cent increase from the same time last year.

"Traffic to and from Australia, India, Japan and Vietnam also registered good growth of at least 8 per cent," said CAG.

"Among Changi's top 10 city routes, Sydney recorded the strongest growth at 15 per cent, followed by Denpasar (10 per cent) and Ho Chi Minh City (8 per cent)."

The airport handled record numbers of passengers, flights and cargo last year, with total passenger traffic growing by 6 per cent year on year to 62.2 million.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2018, with the headline 'Changi sees 5.8% rise in passenger traffic in May'. Print Edition | Subscribe