SINGAPORE, 2014-11-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Passenger traffic at Singapore Changi Airport grew 1.9% on-year in October 2014, with 4.49 million passengers passing through the airport. There was a 2.1% increase in airfreight movements, with 159,700 tonnes of cargo handled during the month. Aircraft landings and takeoffs decreased by 3.7% to 28,380.
Passenger traffic to and from South Asia was particularly strong during the month, rising 14% on year, with India traffic increasing 17%. Thailand traffic reversed its trend after 11 months of decline, inching up 1% for the month. Passenger movements between Singapore and China rose an encouraging 5%, while demand was also strong on services to and from Hong Kong (+7%) and Vietnam (+10%).
For the period of January to October 2014, 44.58 million passenger movements were registered at Changi Airport, 1.0% more than the corresponding period in 2013. Cargo shipments grew by 0.5% to 1.53 million tonnes while aircraft movements were stable at 283,650 for the same period.
As at 1 November 2014, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to over 300 cities in some 70 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 6,400 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds.
Changi Airport’s traffic statistics are available at http://www.changiairportgroup.com/cag/html/the-group/air_traffic_statistics.html.
Other highlights at Changi
New Services – Two new airlines, Jetstar Pacific and Malindo Air, launched services recently in conjunction with the start of the 2014 Northern-Winter season. Changi Airport strengthened its connectivity to Vietnam with the launch of a new daily service to Ho Chi Minh City on 27 October by Jetstar Pacific. In addition, Vietnam Airlines started a twice-weekly service to Phu Quoc, a new city link for Changi, on 2 November. Malindo Air, a joint venture between the National Aerospace and Defence Industries of Malaysia and Indonesia’s Lion Air, commenced operating three daily services to Kuala Lumpur on 3 November.
Frequencies of the following services have also been increased for the 2014 Northern-Winter season:
|Date||Airline||Destination||Frequency Increase||New Frequency|
|27 Oct||SilkAir||Kuala Lumpur||7x weekly||52x weekly|
|SriLankan Airlines||Colombo||5x weekly||19x weekly|
New Stores and Re-openings – Travellers looking for personal healthcare and beauty products just before they fly, can head to the new Watson’s store in the Terminal 3 Departure Transit Lounge. Over in the public areas, Unity, one of the leading retail pharmacy chains in Singapore, offers a comprehensive range of pharmaceutical products at its first airport outlet, located in the Basement 2 level of Terminal 3.
After the completion of refurbishment works, local breakfast specialist Wang Café resumed operations in the transit areas of Terminal 2, its third outlet at Changi Airport. Chinta Manis, renowned for its range of Nonya kuehs, desserts and local Peranakan delights, also reopened its outlet in the T2 Departure Transit Lounge.
About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.
Changi Airport is the world’s sixth busiest airport for international traffic. It served a record 53.7 million passengers from around the globe in 2013. More than 350 retail stores and 120 F&B outlets are situated across three terminals to cater to passengers and visitors. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 300 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 6,400 flights every week, or about one every 90 seconds.