Published on : Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Changi Airport saw a record 65.6 million passenger movements in 2018, as per Changi Airport Group (CAG). It is a rise of 5.5 per cent over the 2017 figures of 60 million. In December alone, 6.13 million passengers travelled through Changi Airport. It was the first month when the airport saw passenger numbers exceed 6 million. The Friday before Christmas, Dec. 21, proved to be the busiest day of the year with a record 221,155 passengers movements.
According to CAG, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Manila were the top five routes for Changi airport. Bali, London, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai and Sydney routes grew by at least 5 per cent.
Changi Airport is now directly connected to 19 cities in Europe, which is a 10-year high, according to CAG.
Traffic between Singapore and India, rose to 4.76 million in 2018. Singapore is now linked to Northeast India via Guwahati, operated by Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines.
During the course of the year, Changi Airport welcomed three passenger airlines – Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines, LOT Polish and Shandong Airlines, and Singapore Airlines launched the world’s longest flight to New York.
As per Mr Lim Ching Kiat, CAG’s managing director for air hub development, the completion of Terminal 1’s expansion will help to increase the airport’s handling capacity to 85 million passengers per annum.
Overall in 2018, the airport saw a total of 386,000 landings and takeoffs, 3.4 per cent higher than the year before. Airfreight throughput increased by 1.4 per cent to reach 2.15 million tonnes for 2018 as well, said CAG.