Singapore Changi Airport registered a strong performance in 2018 – handling a record 65.6 million passengers – which was up 5.5 per cent on figures in 2017.
December was once again the busiest month of the year, recording 6.13 million passenger movements (+4.5 per cent)and it was the first time in a month, Changi Airport welcomed more than six million passengers.
Air freight throughput increased by 1.4 per cent to reach 2.15 million tonnes for 2018 but in December throughput dipped 3.8 per cent to 182,000 tonnes.
In 2018, Europe, South Asia, the Americas and Africa recorded double digit growth. Among Changi’s top 10 markets, India and Japan registered the strongest growth rising 12 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively. This was followed by China and Vietnam which saw annual growth of seven per cent.
Changi Airport’s top 10 routes remained unchanged although there were slight changes in the rankings. Bangkok and Denpasar (Bali) each moved up one spot to second and sixth position respectively. Six of Changi’s top 20 routes grew by at least five per cent Denpasar (Bali), London, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai and Sydney.
Growth was observed for air freight throughput across all segments – exports, imports and transshipments. For the year, the top five markets for airfreight were China, Australia, Hong Kong, the United States and India.
During the year, Changi Airport welcomed three passenger airlines – Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines, LOT Polish, and Shandong Airlines. Seven new passenger city links were also established, to China (Nanchang), Germany (Berlin), India (Guwahati, Pune, Vijayawada), Indonesia (Belitung), and Poland (Warsaw).
CAG’s managing director for air hub development, Lim Ching Kiat said: “2018 was another strong year for Changi Airport. We are pleased with the introduction of new city links, as well as the growth of long haul routes from Changi Airport, including the launch of the world’s longest service between Singapore and New York. Non-stop services to the United States have now doubled to 40 per week, providing greater convenience to our passengers.
“Our newest terminal T4 completed its first year of operations, and served 8.3 million passengers in 2018. Later this year, Jewel Changi Airport will open its doors to the world. With aviation facilities, retail offerings and play attractions, Jewel will augment Changi Airport’s status as an air hub. Terminal 1’s expansion will also be completed, increasing the airport’s handling the capacity to 85 million passengers per annum.
“We expect 2019 to pose challenges include rising fuel prices and trade tensions. While these potential headwinds may impact the industry, demand for air travel in the Asia Pacific region is forecast to grow steadily. Together with our airport community and partners, we look forward to strengthening our connectivity and better serving our passengers’ needs.”