AVIATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Changi passenger traffic up 4.5% in November

Traffic to and from India jumped 14%, making it ahead of Changi's top 10 markets.

Singapore Changi Airport saw a 4.5% YoY increase in its passenger movements to 5.41 million in November 2018, an announcement revealed.

Data suggested that passenger traffic recorded growth across all regions. Traffic to and from South Asia saw double-digit growth, with India (+14%) leading amongst Changi’s top 10 markets. Germany (+30%), the US (+22%), and New Zealand (+17%) also recorded double digit growth in passenger traffic.

Meanwhile, aircraft movements rose 2.5% to 31,910 landings and takeoffs, whilst airfreight throughput remained stable at 189,000 tonnes.

The airport services added two new city links to India, with IndiGo Airlines’ new twice weekly service to Vijayawada, and Jet Airways commencing a daily Singapore-Pune service. Jet Airways also added a third daily each to its Delhi and Mumbai services.

Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines also kicked off whilst Hainan Airlines returned to the airport. Both airlines launched thrice weekly services to Nanning and Haikou, respectively.

Changi noted that Italian brands Bvlgari and Moncler opened their first airport boutiques in Terminal 1, whilst Ray-Ban kicked off in Terminal 3.

Meanwhile, fast-food chain Burger King has opened in T1 whilst Michelin-recommended Hong Kong brand Chee Kei which is a new-to-Changi store offering authentic Cantonese food, and Ya Kun Kaya Toast which is a Singaporean homegrown café commenced operations in Terminal 2.

As at 1 December, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 400 cities in about 100 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 7,200 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 80 seconds.

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