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Successful July reported at Singapore Changi

Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.58 million passengers in July 2014, an increase of 1% compared to the same period last year, while aircraft movements dipped 2.6% to 28,200.

During the month, cargo at Changi registered 155,000 tonnes, representing a decline of 2.4% from a year ago.

Passenger traffic during the month was supported by an increase in air travel between Singapore and Northeast Asia and South Asia, offset by weaker performance on some Southeast Asian routes, the gateway says.

Among Changi Airport’s top 10 country markets, Hong Kong, India and Vietnam registered double-digit increases.

Travel to and from China registered a year-on-year growth for the first time since January 2014, fuelled by strong growth in traffic to and from Shanghai, as well as secondary cities such as Nanjing, Haikou, Hangzhou and Qingdao.

Traffic between Singapore and Thailand continued to be impacted by the political situation, registering a year-on-year drop of 12%, the ninth consecutive month of decline with Bangkok traffic down 16% for the month.

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For the period of January to July 2014, 31.8 million passengers have been handled, 1.3% more than the corresponding period in 2013, while aircraft landings and take-offs grew by 2.1% to 199,900, while Cargo shipments were stable at 1,065,000 tonnes for the same period.

Singapore Changi also says new concessions have opened in July across all three terminals.

In the public areas, Japanese brand Muji TO GO opened its first airport outlet in Southeast Asia in Terminal 2.

Premium chocolate brand Godiva also opened its doors in Terminal 2, and over at Terminal 3, ladies have a new fashion boutique, Couture by Szan, while popular candy store Candy Empire Gourmet has a new outlet in the Departure Hall.

Within the transit area at Terminal 1, Airport Wellness Oasis began welcoming passengers, and Singapore’s latest attraction, Gardens by the Bay, has also opened its first airport store offering a variety of souvenir items.

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