Singapore’s Changi International Airport had a record year in 2011, as more than 45 million passengers passed through the gateway for the first time ever.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011, Changi Airport said it handled 46.5 million passengers and 302,000 aircraft movements over the year – an increase of 10.7% and 14.5% respectively.
Additionally, the gateway said that airfreight recovered to 2008 levels with 1.87 million tonnes of cargo passing through the airport during 2011 - up 2.8% on a year earlier.
Around 167,000 tonnes of cargo were handled in December alone, an increase of 6.9% year-on-year, representing Changi’s busiest month in three years.
Furthermore, December 2011 was the airport’s busiest month in its history, as it accommodated 4.53 million passengers over the month, 11.4% more than a year ago.
Changi’s daily record was also broken on 17 December 2011 with 165,000 passengers welcomed during the 24 hours, surpassing the previous record of 148,000 passengers on 19 June 2011.
More than 100 airlines now connect Singapore to 210 cities in 60 countries globally.
Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group, said: “It was an eventful 2011 for Changi Airport.
“Despite continuing economic uncertainty and environmental factors, we continued to develop the air hub and delivered another set of strong operating results.
“This can be attributed to the resilient support of our airline partners and passengers from around the world, and the dedication of all who work at Changi.”
He added: “The outlook for 2012 remains hazy with the aviation industry expected to face volatile conditions.
“Demand for travel may moderate as a result of more subdued consumer confidence. Nonetheless, CAG will continue to work with its stakeholders to face these challenges and capture opportunities to grow together.”