Singapore Changi Airport registered 3.39 million passenger movements in February 2011, up 9.1% compared to a year ago. Passenger traffic was boosted by strong travel demand over the Lunar New Year holiday which this year was spread over a long weekend. Southeast and Northeast Asia continued to be the growth drivers, with traffic to these regions increasing by double digits.
Changi Airport handled 22,000 flights in February, an increase of 12.2% year-on-year. Of these, some 6,200 flights, or 28%, were flown by low cost carriers (LCCs). Tiger Airways increased flights to Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Macau, and Manila. AirAsia increased frequencies to Penang and Miri while Thai AirAsia started a new daily service to Chiang Mai. In addition, Firefly also introduced 10 additional weekly services to Kuala Lumpur.
Pekanbaru, the capital of Indonesia’s Riau province, and the Malaysian resort island of Redang became new city links for Changi as SilkAir and Berjaya Air started services to the two destinations respectively. Changi will be connected to the South American continent for the first time when Singapore Airlines begins thrice-weekly services to Sao Paulo via Barcelona on 28 March 2011.
Changi Airport handled 128,048 tonnes of cargo in February, a decline of 1.9% compared to a year ago due to the Lunar New Year holidays. Changi handled 275,272 tonnes of cargo in the first two months of the year, an increase of 1.3% compared to 2010. Shipment to and from Europe and Americas contributed to the growth in airfreight movement.
Changi Airport’s traffic statistics are available at http://www.changiairportgroup.com/cag/html/the-group/air_traffic_statistics.html
New F&B and Retail Outlets – New F&B outlets that opened at Changi Airport in February included Italian gourmet eatery Spageddies and Panapolis Café & Bakery in Terminal 3’s Transit Lounge as well as Toastbox at Terminal 2’s Arrival Hall.
For retail, an Adidas store opened in Terminal 3’s Transit Lounge while SK Jewellery expanded its presence to Terminal 3’s Departure Hall. In addition, there is now a Kid’s Painting Corner at Terminal 3’s Basement 3, providing budding young talents a platform for artistic expression.
Airlines move to Terminal 3 – With the continued growth of passenger traffic at Changi Airport, Garuda Indonesia (22 Feb), Vietnam Airlines (27 Mar) and Saudi Arabian Airlines (30 Mar) will move their operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. With this move, Changi Airport Group will have greater flexibility to manage on-the-ground operations and continue to provide a first class experience for passengers.
About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. Through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, the Group invests in and manages foreign airports to spread the success of Changi Airport internationally.
Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com) is the world’s most awarded airport having garnered more than 360 accolades since it opened in 1981. It is also one of the world’s busiest airports for international traffic, managing more than 42 million passenger movements in 2010, an annual record. The airport, which has four terminals, serves some 100 airlines flying to over 200 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every two minutes.