Singapore Changi Airport recorded 4.28 million
passenger movements in March 2012, the highest number of
passengers ever handled at Changi during the month of March.
Passenger traffic for the month increased
15.3% year-on-year, in tandem with the increase in aircraft
movements which grew 10.6% to 27,000.
Airfreight movements decreased 1.8% to
163,000 tonnes during the month.
In the first three months of this year, Changi
Airport recorded 12.3 million passenger movements, an increase
of 12.9% compared to the corresponding period in 2011. Traffic
growth was underpinned by strong travel demand to and from Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia,
regions which saw double-digit growth.
Changi Airport handled
79,500 aircraft movements from January to March this year, up
12.9% year-on-year. Despite a slight dip in cargo movements to and
from Europe and South Asia, cargo movements at Changi remained
relatively stable buoyed by an increase in movements to and
from Southwest Pacific and Southeast Asia. Some 443,900 tonnes
of cargo passed through Changi during the period, an increase of
Northern Summer 2012
welcomed Air France’s
A380 operations last month. The French
flag-carrier is the fourth airline to operate the superjumbo at
Changi, strengthening Singapore’s long haul connectivity to
This month, China Eastern Airlines and
SilkAir have each launched thrice weekly direct flights
connecting Singapore to Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei
Province. Hainan Airlines will also begin a new service to Taiyuan
via Haikou from 11 May 2012. With these additions, Changi Airport
will be linked to 26 Chinese cities.
Singapore Airlines’ new long haul low-cost carrier,
commence daily flights to Sydney and five-weekly operations to Gold Coast from June 2012. Gold Coast will be a new city link
for Changi Airport.
New Outlets @ Changi
Changi Airport welcomed the
opening of three new outlets in the public area of Terminal 3
Planet Traveller has launched a 13,000 square feet
lifestyle travel store, offering shoppers a wide range of
merchandise including travel accessories, lifestyle bags,
travel books, maps, outdoor gear and winter wear.
Dian Xiao Er Chinese restaurant and Sanrio Gift Gate have
opened outlets in the same area. Sanrio Gift Gate offers a wide
variety of products, including exclusive souvenirs, plush toys
as well as travel necessities.
Over in the transit area,
Bakerzin has opened an outlet in Terminal 1 while Bonia opened
its third Changi Airport outlet in Terminal 2. March 2012 also saw
the full opening of DFS Fashion Avenue in Terminal 3’s Transit
As at 1 April 2012, Changi Airport serves some 100
airlines operating 6,200 weekly flights connecting Singapore to
more than 220 destinations in 60 countries.
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