Singapore Changi Airport registered a strong
performance in 2017, handling a record 62.2 million passenger
movements (+6.0%) for the year with 373,200 landings and take-offs
Airfreight throughput also grew by 7.9%, crossing the
2-million tonne mark for the first time, to reach 2.13 million tonnes for the year.
December was once again the
busiest month of the year, with Changi Airport handling 5.86
million passenger movements (+3.3%), 32,960 aircraft movements
(+3.1%) and 188,740 tonnes of airfreight throughput (+6.4%).
The busiest day of the year was 22 December 2017 (Friday) with
208,043 passengers passing through Changi’s terminals – a record
for the airport.
In 2017, traffic across all
regions saw positive growth, with Southeast and Northeast Asia
contributing to about 70% of total traffic. Among Changi’s top 10
country markets, China and India led with a robust double-digit
growth of 12% and 16%, respectively.
Among Changi Airport’s
busiest routes, Kuala Lumpur (+7%) replaced Jakarta as Changi’s
top city link for 2017.
Among Changi Airport’s top 20
destinations, Guangzhou was the fastest growing (+15%), while
Brisbane, Penang and Phuket recorded growth of at least 6%.
During the year,
Changi Airport welcomed three passenger airlines – Hebei Airlines,
Norwegian and US-Bangla Airlines, to its family of over 100
Ten new passenger city links were also established, to
China (Harbin, Shijiazhuang, Yantai), Greece (Athens), India
(Madurai), Japan (Hiroshima, Okinawa), Malaysia (Bintulu), Sweden
(Stockholm) and USA (Honolulu).
Growth was observed for airfreight
throughput across imports (+8%), exports (+14%) and transshipments
(+4%). The top five country markets for airfreight were China,
Australia, Hong Kong, the United States and India.
Changi Airport Group (CAG) formalised the Pharma@Changi initiative
in October 2017, together with nine other partners from across
each node of the supply chain. Under this initiative, the
companies will jointly pursue the best standards in
pharmaceuticals handling, and will promote Singapore Changi
Airport as a trusted and reliable pharmaceuticals air cargo hub in
the region. Earlier in the year, Changi Airport also became the
first airport community in Asia Pacific to attain the IATA CEIV Pharma
The opening of SATS’ new
eCommerce AirHub in April also enhances Changi’s eCommerce mail
sorting capability to support the growing eCommerce market with
its state-of-the art automated airside eCommerce mail sortation
Multiple Transport Modes
There are now more passengers who travel on multiple transport
modes on their journeys. To cater to these emerging passenger segments – including fly-cruise and fly-ferry, CAG worked closely
with its partners to offer more travel options.
In 2017, a new
shuttle service was launched to facilitate transfers between
Changi Airport and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and this has seen a
ridership of close to 10,000 passengers in its seven months of
operations. To grow the fly-cruise market, CAG has also signed various collaborations with cruise companies – which are expected
to bring in more than 600,000 visitors over a four-year period.
Transfer and transit passengers continue to be an
important segment for Changi Airport. Under the ongoing Changi
Transit Programme, about 700,000 passengers claimed transit
rewards while shopping in Changi in 2017. CAG has also continued
efforts with its partners to grow the MICE segment in Singapore.
“2017 was a significant year for Changi
Airport, as we saw strong growth in both passenger traffic and
cargo throughput, resulting in record numbers. We also opened the
new tech-friendly Terminal 4, which served 1.3 million passengers
in its first two months of operations. With the establishment of
new city links to many parts of the world, and the launch of a
number of non-stop long haul routes, we have also expanded our
connectivity, providing greater convenience for our passengers,”
said Mr Lim Ching Kiat, CAG’s Managing Director, Air Hub
Development. “Looking ahead in 2018, we expect to see more
developments in the long-haul segments to Europe. This includes
Scoot’s non-stop service to Berlin, and LOT Polish Airlines’ new
service connecting Singapore and Warsaw. We will also welcome the
return of Qantas’ Singapore-London route and an overall increase
in seat capacity between Singapore and Australia, as well as
Lufthansa’s resumption of its service to Munich. At the same time,
we will continue our efforts to strengthen our connectivity to
secondary cities in China and India – our fastest growing markets
Demand for air travel in the Asia-Pacific
is expected to triple in the next two decades. With the opening of
Jewel Changi Airport and the completion of Changi’s Terminal 1
expansion in 2019, Changi Airport’s total handling capacity will
increase to 85 million passengers per annum.
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