Singapore Changi today crossed a new milestone in passenger traffic, handling more than 40 million passenger movements in 2010, an annual record.
Changi’s previous traffic record was set in 2008, when 37.7 million passenger movements were registered for the year. Passenger traffic dipped slightly in 2009 to 37.2 million due to the global economic downturn.
Crossing the 40-million mark places Changi in the next higher league of airports globally, reinforcing its position as a major air hub. Only six other airports in the world handle more than 40 million international passenger movements annually.
Passenger growth at Changi Airport this year has been driven by traffic to and from Southeast and Northeast Asia. Among cities with more than half a million passenger movements, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila in Southeast Asia, and Hong Kong and Shanghai in Northeast Asia registered double digit growth.
Based on data for the January to October 2010 period, Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand remain the five largest country markets by passenger traffic for Changi Airport.
Tan Lye Teck, Changi Airport Group’s executive vice president, corporate says: “Changi Airport has grown from strength to strength since its opening in 1981. We look forward to taking Changi forward in the next phase of its development."
The airport celebrated the 40-million milestone by giving one lucky passenger a 40-minute shopping spree sponsored by Changi’s award-winning Transit Malls. And, as you can see by our picture, the chosen recipient, Jonathan Shih from Taiwan, made good use of the time!