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Buoyant first quarter for Singapore Changi

Singapore Changi Airport handled a record high of 4.28 million passengers in March 2012.

Singapore Changi Airport handled a record high of 4.28 million passengers in March 2012.

Passenger traffic for the month increased 15.3% year-on-year, in tandem with the increase in aircraft movements, which grew 10.6% to 27,000.  

Airfreight volumes decreased 1.8% to 163,000 tonnes during the month. 

The rise in passengers means that Changi accommodated a record 12.3 million passengers in the first quarter of 2012 – a rise of 12.9% on the corresponding period last year.

According to operator, CAG, growth was underpinned by strong travel demand to and from Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, regions which saw double-digit growth.   

Changi Airport handled 79,500 aircraft movements from January to March this year, up 12.9% year-on-year.  

Despite a slight dip in cargo movements to and from Europe and South Asia, cargo volumes at Changi remained relatively stable buoyed by an increase in movements to and from Southwest Pacific and Southeast Asia. 

Some 443,900 tonnes of cargo passed through Changi during the period, an increase of 0.6%. 

As at April 1, 2012, Changi Airport serves some 100 airlines operating 6,200 weekly flights connecting Singapore to more than 220 destinations in 60 countries.  

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