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LCCs driving growth at Singapore Changi

Nearly 3.8 million passengers passed through Singapore Changi in January – 11.9% more than in the corresponding month a year ago.

Nearly 3.8 million passengers passed through Singapore Changi in January – 11.9% more than in the corresponding month a year ago.

Year-on-year growth for Changi’s low-cost carriers (LCCs) grew 27%, meaning that one in every four passengers that passed through Changi in January was carried on an LCC.

Indeed, the airport claims that the LCCs continued to drive growth to and from Northeast and Southeast Asia.

Traffic for these regions recorded double-digit growth as airlines such as Tiger Airways, AirAsia and Cebu Pacific increased frequencies to cities such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Manila respectively.

Traffic growth to and from Russia was also strong as Transaero Airlines started operations to Moscow while Singapore Airlines had increased frequency on the sector in the last quarter of 2010.

On the cargo front, airfreight handled at Changi continued to grow for the sixteenth consecutive month, rising 4% year-on-year to 147,000 tonnes in January 2011.

Changi served a record of more than 42 million passengers in 2010, 13% more than in 2009.

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