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Singapore Changi Airport reports 2008 Traffic Figures

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Despite the global economic slowdown in the second half of 2008, Singapore Changi Airport handled a higher volume of passenger traffic, with 37.7 million passenger movements handled in 2008, up 2.7% from 2007.

Among the top 15 markets by passenger traffic, both regional and long-haul sectors registered growth. In the region, the sectors of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, grew 6.5%, 9.4%, 11.9% and 19.4% respectively, while the long-haul sectors of Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom grew 5.6%, 5% and 7%. Declines of 10.9% and 5.2% were registered in passenger traffic from Thailand and China.

The financial crisis left its mark in the last four months of 2008. Passenger traffic declined in September, November and December due to negative sentiment and decreased travel demand. The impact of the economic crisis was more pronounced on the cargo front, where, compared to 2007, airfreight movements dipped 2% to register 1.86 million tonnes in 2008. 

 CAAS’ Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Lim Kim Choon, said, “2008 has been a busy year for CAAS and Changi Airport, with highlights such as the opening of Terminal 3 and the inaugural Singapore Airshow. Upgrading works at Terminal 1 and the Budget Terminal also commenced. Besides registering higher passenger traffic, in terms of air connectivity, the Changi family also grew, with six new airlines coming on board and nine new city links.”

 “Despite the difficult economic climate, Changi Airport has performed commendably in 2008. We acknowledge that 2009 will be a challenging year and recognise the tough operating environment that airlines and airport partners are operating in. CAAS is committed to help its partners at Changi ride out the downturn, through means such as the extension of the Air Hub Development Fund,” Mr Lim added.

 As at 1 January 2009, Changi Airport is served by 83 airlines operating more than 4,670 weekly scheduled flights to 190 cities in 60 countries.

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