December 27, 2019: Singapore Changi Airport’s airfreight throughput declined 6.1 percent to 178,000 tonnes in the month of November. The airport handled 5.72 million passenger movements in November 2019, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Aircraft movements dipped 1 percent to 32,600 landings and takeoffs.
For the month of November, all regions recorded passenger growth. Among Changi Airport’s top 10 markets, China, Japan, and Vietnam traffic led the gainers, with double-digit growth. Among the top 10 city routes, Denpasar (Bali) was the fastest-growing, with Ho Chi Minh, Taipei and Tokyo registering traffic growth of more than 6 percent.
Monthly Breakdown of Air Freight Movements (tonnes)
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As of December 1, 2019, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 380 cities in about 100 countries and territories worldwide. Each week, about 7,400 flights land or depart from Changi, with more than 65.6 million passengers passing through the airport a year.
On 28 November 2019, Jetstar Asia launched a thrice-weekly charter service to Hefei, Singapore’s first connection to the Chinese city. On December 1, 2019, Air New Zealand commenced five seasonal weekly services to Christchurch, which will operate until February 22, 2020. Singapore Airlines has also launched daily seasonal services to Sapporo, Japan from November 30, 2019, to January 7, 2020.
Meanwhile, Changi has won a 25-year concession to operate Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, the main gateway to the Komodo dragon national park in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The transportation ministry announced on December 26 that Changi's consortium, which includes Jakarta-listed airport service firm Cardig Aero Services and Changi's subsidiary Changi Airports Mena, will invest Rp 1.2 trillion ($86 million) to expand the airport's runway, aprons, and international terminals and another Rp 5.7 trillion for its operation.
The consortium will build the facilities and have full control of the airport before handing back the airport management to the government at the end of the concession period.