Passenger traffic at Changi Airport up 8% to 28.8 million in first half of 2016

The departure hall at Changi Airport's Terminal 3.
The departure hall at Changi Airport's Terminal 3. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A total of 28.8 million passengers passed through Changi Airport in the first six months of the year, according to the latest statistics released by the Changi Airport Group (CAG) on Thursday (July 28).

This was an 8 per cent jump from the same period last year, with all of the airport's top 10 country markets registering positive growth.

China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam led the pack with double-digit increases.

A graph highlighting the growth in Changi Airport's passenger traffic. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM CHANGIAIRPORT.COM

Meanwhile, aircraft movements rose 4.7 per cent to 177,810, while airfreight movements were up 4.2 per cent to reach 950,250 tonnes.

According to CAG, the month of June saw the airport handle 4.84 passenger movements - a 3 per cent increase from last year.

The Americas, North-east Asia and South-west Pacific were the main regions driving growth in June, with China and Australia leading the gainers among the airport's top 10 markets with 16 per cent and 7 per cent respectively.

As of July 1, over 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport. They connect Singapore to some 330 cities in 80 countries and territories around the globe.

CAG said there are more than 6,800 scheduled flights a week, with an aircraft taking off or landing every 90 seconds.

More of the airport's traffic statistics can be found here.