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Operating indicators for September 2012

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Operating indicators for September 2012

SINGAPORE, 19 October 2012 – Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.0 million passenger movements in September 2012, an increase of 4.8% over the same month last year.  On a rolling 12-month basis, 49.9 million travellers passed through Changi Airport, representing an increase of 9.7%.

For the month, traffic to and from the Middle East and Southwest Pacific registered double-digit growth but growth for Southeast and Northeast Asia, the two largest market regions, was in the low single digits. 

In terms of flight movements, 26,500 landings and take-offs were recorded for September 2012, a growth of 4.0% over September 2011.  For the 12 months ended September 2012, Changi Airport managed 320,400 aircraft movements, 10.3% more than the previous corresponding period.

On the cargo front, 153,700 tonnes of airfreight were processed at Changi Airport in September 2012, 0.4% lower than a year before.  Airfreight movements at Changi dipped 0.3% to 1.84 million tonnes for the year to September 2012, affected by lower consumption in major economies since the turn of the year.

So far this year, Changi Airport has welcomed three new carriers – Scoot, Bhutan flag-carrier Drukair and all-cargo carrier Yangtze River Express – as well as the return of Indonesia’s Mandala Airlines.  At the same time, Changi Airport’s connectivity improved with the establishment of links to Gold Coast in Australia, Paro in Bhutan, Kota Bahru in Malaysia and Taiyuan, the capital of China’s Shanxi province.

As at 1 October 2012, Singapore Changi Airport is connected to some 230 cities in 60 countries and territories, and serves 100 airlines operating more than 6,300 weekly flights. 

Changi Airport’s traffic statistics are available at

Other highlights at Changi

Terminal Closure – Changi Airport’s Budget Terminal closed its doors on 25 September 2012 to make way for the construction of Terminal 4.  All airlines that were operating at the Budget Terminal – Berjaya Air, Cebu Pacific, Firefly, Mandala Airlines, South East Asian Airlines and Tiger Airways, have moved their operations to Terminal 2.

New Outlets – Offering exclusive deals for the best experiences in Singapore, Changi Recommends has opened its second outlet at Terminal 3’s Arrival Hall.  Over in the transit areas, RELAY has opened a bookstore at Terminal 2 while Swarovski and Tiffany & Co. have opened new outlets in Terminal 3.



About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) ( 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 ( is the world’s most awarded airport having garnered more than 400 accolades since it opened in 1981. To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are 330 retail stores and 120 F&B outlets across the airport's three terminals.  Changi handled more than 46 million passenger movements in 2011, an annual record.  Today, it serves some 100 airlines flying to over 220 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide.  A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.

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