Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.28 million passenger movements in May 2013, a growth of 4.7% compared to the same period in 2012. Flight movements increased by 5.4% to 28,500. During the month, 147,600 tons of cargo were handled at Changi, 3.5% less than a year ago.
The growth in passenger traffic was supported by healthy increase in air travel between Singapore and Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and South Asia. Among Changi’s top 10 country markets, passenger movements between Singapore and Japan, Malaysia and Thailand registered double-digit increases. Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand ranked among Changi’s top five markets in May 2013.
For the period of January to May 2013, 21.6 million passenger movements were recorded at Changi, 4.8% more than the corresponding period in 2012. Aircraft movements grew in tandem, increasing by 4.3% to 138,600. Airfreight shipments dipped 2.4% to 727,100 tons for the same period.
As at 1 June 2013, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to 250 cities in some 60 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 6,600 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.
Other highlights at Changi
New Airline – Changi Airport welcomed the return of SWISS on 13 May 2013 after a four- year hiatus. The Switzerland flag-carrier’s daily Zurich-Singapore services will boost Changi Airport’s connectivity to Europe. With the arrival of SWISS, Changi Airport is now connected via more than 300 weekly flights and 52,000 weekly one-way seats to 14 major European cities.
New Outlets – Several outlets have commenced operations at Changi Airport’s three terminals. Bubble tea favorite KOI Express has opened an outlet in the Terminal 3’s Basement 2, while Penang food specialist Penang Culture opened at the mezzanine level of Terminal 2’s Departure Hall. Children’s toy shop Play2Learn opened in Terminal 2’s Departure Transit Mall while fashion brands like Paul & Shark and Kipling opened in Terminal 1’s Departure Transit Mall.
Changi Recommends, a service that offers deals and information to travelers arriving into Singapore, has opened in Terminal 1’s Arrival Hall. With the opening of this outlet, Changi Recommends is now available in all terminals of the airport.