AVIATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Changi Airport handled 62.2 million passengers in 2017

December was the busiest month with 5.86 million passenger movements.

Singapore Changi Airport handled a record 62.2 million passengers in 2017, a 6% jump from last year. There were also 373,200 landings and take-offs, which grew 3.5%.

According to a press release, airfreight throughput also grew by 7.9%, crossing the 2-million tonne mark for the first time, to reach 2.13 million tonnes for the year.

December was the busiest month of the year, as Changi Airport recorded 5.86 million passenger movements, 32,960 aircraft movements, and 188,740 tonnes of airfreight throughput.

The busiest day of the year was 22 December 2017, a Friday, with 208,043 passengers passing through Changi’s terminals – a record for the airport.

In 2017, traffic across all regions saw positive growth, with Southeast and Northeast Asia contributing to about 70% of total traffic. Amongst Changi’s top 10 country markets, China and India led with a robust double-digit growth of 12% and 16%, respectively.

Amongst Changi Airport’s busiest routes, Kuala Lumpur replaced Jakarta as Changi’s top city link for 2017.

Amongst Changi Airport’s top 20 destinations, Guangzhou was the fastest growing with a 15% increase, whilst Brisbane, Penang, and Phuket recorded growth of at least 6%.

Growth was observed for airfreight throughput across imports at 8%, exports at 14%, and transshipments at 4%. The top five country markets for airfreight were China, Australia, Hong Kong, the United States and India.

During the year, the airport added three new airlines, namely, Hebei Airlines, Norwegian, and US-Bangla Airlines, to its lineup of over 100 airlines.

Ten new passenger city links were also established, to China (Harbin, Shijiazhuang, Yantai), Greece (Athens), India (Madurai), Japan (Hiroshima, Okinawa), Malaysia (Bintulu), Sweden (Stockholm) and USA (Honolulu).  

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