SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Changi Airport registered 4.25 million passenger movements in September 2014, a decline of 0.5 per cent year-on-year, according to statistics released by the Changi Airport Group (CAG) Monday.
CAG said it also noted that aircraft landings and takeoffs decreased by five per cent to 27,020.
On cargo, the statistics showed 147,800 tonnes of airfreight were processed last month, 2.7 per cent lower than a year before.
During the month, traffic to South Asia and Northeast Asia grew by 11 per cent and two per cent respectively, but other regions, including Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas, saw lower passenger movements.
Among Changi Airportâ€™s top 10 country markets, India registered a double-digit growth, while China and Thailand traffic dipped, down six per cent and nine per cent, respectively, year-on-year.
In the first three quarters of this year, 40.09 million passengers travelled through Changi Airport, 0.9 per cent more than the corresponding period in 2013.
Aircraft movements moved in tandem, growing by 0.6 per cent to 255,260.
During the same period, cargo shipments totalled 1.37 million tonnes, a growth of 0.3 per cent.
Passenger traffic growth in the first nine months of this year was fuelled by stronger travel demand on Northeast Asia, South Asia and Southwest Pacific routes.
Southeast Asia traffic registered little change for the same period as growth for Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam was offset by a 15 per cent decline for Thailand.
Jakarta continued to top the list of Changi Airportâ€™s busiest routes this year, followed by Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila.
Traffic to and from Denpasar-Bali registered more than 20 per cent growth in the first nine months, the highest among Changi Airportâ€™s top 10 destinations.
In the 12 months ending September 2014, Changi Airport registered 54.1 million passengers, representing a growth of 1.5 per cent from a year ago.
As at Oct 1, 2014, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to over 300 cities in some 70 countries and territories worldwide.
With more than 6,400 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds. – BERNAMA