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Changi Closes 2009 with Record Traffic in December

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Following a challenging first half in 2009, Singapore Changi Airport registered a strong rebound in the last quarter of the year, with a monthly record of 3.83 million passenger movements in December 2009. This was an increase of 9.7% compared to December 2008 and 9.1% more than the previous record of 3.51 million set in December 2007.

Besides breaking the previous record for monthly traffic, December 2009 also saw a new record for the number of passenger movements in a day at Changi. This was set on the Saturday before Christmas Day (19 December 2009) with 140,000 passenger movements during the 24 hours.

As a result of the stronger performance in the last five months of the year, Changi Airport was able to achieve better-than-expected passenger traffic of 37.2 million for the whole of 2009. This was 1.3% less than the 37.7 million recorded in 2008.

 Despite the impact of the global economic downturn, Changi handled more flights in 2009 a total of 240,360, an increase of 3.6% compared to 2008. There were 21,885 flights in December 2009, an increase of 5.4% year-on-year.

On the cargo front, Changi processed 149,700 tonnes in December 2009, a 15.7% improvement year-on-year. Airfreight movement for the year amounted to 1.63 million tonnes, 12% lower than in 2008.

Bright Spots in 2009

While demand for air travel was impacted by weaker consumer confidence in most markets, traffic between Singapore and Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates grew in 2009. In particular, traffic between Singapore and Malaysia increased by a remarkable 42%, following new and increased services to points in both East and Peninsular Malaysia.

Changi Airports top ten city links by passenger traffic saw some changes with Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur rising to No. 1 and 2 respectively. Denpasar (Bali) entered the top 10, replacing Perth. Among sectors with at least half a million passengers, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Manila, Jakarta and Phuket registered the strongest growth.

During 2009, Changi Airport Group continued to enhance Changis connectivity, increasing its number of weekly scheduled flights by 7.3% from 4,672 on 1 January 2008 to 5,012 a year later. In absolute terms, the five sectors with the most added flights in 2009 were Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Jakarta, Manila and Denpasar (Bali). Fourteen new city links were established through the year, bringing Changis global connections to more than 200 cities in 60 countries and territories today. At the same time, six airlines commenced operations at Changi in 2009, including Indias Kingfisher Airlines, Malaysias Firefly, and cargo carriers K-Mile and Cardig Air.

2009 was also the year of low cost carriers (LCCs), which added flights to serve demand for short-haul, low-cost travel. The number of LCC passenger movements and flights each increased by more than 50%. For 2009, LCCs accounted for 19.1% of passenger movements (2008: 12.3%) and 23.6% of flights (2008: 15.7%) at Changi.

Changi Airport Groups Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lee Seow Hiang, said, Last year was a difficult one for the aviation industry and Im glad Changi has held up well to register a strong performance in the latter part of the year. On the connectivity front, we are linked to more cities than ever with a growing number of weekly scheduled flights. We are beginning 2010 on a strong footing, and expect the improving global economy and exciting tourism developments in Singapore this year to have a positive impact on Changis performance.

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