Dec 28, 2016: Singapore’s Changi Airport handled 4.78 million passenger movements in November 2016, a 3.2 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Aircraft movements grew by 3.4 percent at 29,710 landings and takeoffs, while cargo shipments rose to 173,170 tonnes, a 7.9 percent year-on-year increase.
Passenger traffic for the month of November was supported by growth in air travel to and from Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and South Asia. Among Changi’s top 10 country markets, China (+13.7 percent), Vietnam (+9.9 percent) and India (+9.8 percent) led the gainers. As for Changi’s top 10 cities, strong traffic growth was observed between Singapore and Southeast Asian cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Denpasar, and Ho Chi Minh City.
For the first 11 months of 2016, passenger traffic rose 5.7 percent to 53 million, while cargo shipments grew by 6.1 percent to 1.79 million tonnes. Aircraft movements increased 4.1 percent to reach 328,520 landings and takeoffs.
As of December 1, 2016, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 380 cities in about 90 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 7,000 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds.
Furthermore, Changi Airport welcomed new services to India, with Air India Express launching 4x weekly services to Kolkata on November 20, and Jet Airways starting daily services to Bangalore on December 14.
On China routes, SilkAir has launched 4x weekly services to Fuzhou; while Xiamen Airlines increase the frequency of its Singapore-Xiamen services from 14x weekly to 17x weekly beginning 18 November.
In Southeast Asia, Myanmar National Airlines increased its Yangon service from 7x weekly to 12x weekly flights beginning December 1.