Singapore Changi Airport handled 3.77 million passenger movements in May 2011, an 11.3% increase compared to May 2010. Aircraft movements during the month totalled 24,994, a 12.8% increase year-on-year, and an all-time monthly record for Changi Airport.
Southeast Asia traffic registered the strongest year-on-year growth of 17.7%, followed by traffic to Southwest Pacific (14.4%). Traffic to Northeast Asia grew 6.8% despite declines of 11.4% and 9.2% for passenger movements between Singapore and Tokyo and Japan respectively.
Low cost carriers (LCCs) continued to expand rapidly during the month. Passenger traffic on LCCs grew 24.6% compared to a year ago and accounted for 28% of Changi’s total. Full service carriers grew 7.3% in terms of passenger movements. During the month, Changi Airport welcomed the commencement of Finnair’s daily service connecting Helsinki to Singapore. Garuda Indonesia also launched a daily service on 1 June linking Singapore to Makassar, the largest city on Sulawesi Island. The addition of Helsinki and Makassar brings to seven the number of new city links connected to Changi this year.
On the cargo front, airfreight movements in May totalled 157,286 tonnes, an increase of 2.7%. For the Jan-May period, cargo movements were up 3.5% to 754,517 tonnes.
As at 1 June 2011, Changi Airport serves 100 airlines operating over 5,700 weekly scheduled flights to more than 200 cities in some 60 countries and territories. Changi Airport’s traffic statistics are available here.
Other highlights at Changi
New Outlets – Changi Airport welcomed the opening of 25 new retail and F&B outlets in May. These included SingKids Playsystem, Southeast-Asia’s first child-friendly moveable playsystem, at Terminal 3 Basement 2 Mall and Gucci, Hugo Boss and Salvatore Ferragamo stores at Terminal 1’s Transit Mall. All three fashion houses now have a presence in all of Changi’s main terminals.
Firsts at Changi – Changi Airport became the first airport in Asia Pacific to launch Jimmy Choo’s new line of fragrance last month. This month, SKII has launched two new products, Wrinkle Specialist & Skin Signature Eye Cream, and these are available only at Changi Airport’s Transit Malls as worldwide exclusives until 14 July 2011.
 The new city links connected to Changi since the start of the year are Helsinki in Finland, Makassar and Pekanbaru in Indonesia, Nanning and Zhengzhou in China, Redang in Malaysia and Sao Paolo in Brazil.
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.