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Traffic at Changi soars fuelled by passengers from South Asia

Traffic at Singapore Changi grew 1.9% year-on-year in October 2014, with 4.49 million passengers passing through the gateway.

The hub also saw a 2.1% increase in airfreight movements, with 159,700 tonnes of cargo handled during the month, while aircraft landings and take-offs decreased by 3.7% to 28,380.

Changi says passenger traffic to and from South Asia was particularly strong during the month, rising 14% compared to October 2013 with India traffic increasing by 17%, while Thailand traffic reversed its trend after 11 months of decline, inching up 1% for the month.

The airport says movements between Singapore and China rose an encouraging 5%, while demand was also strong on services to and from Hong Kong (+7%) and Vietnam (+10%).

For the period of January to October 2014, 44.58 million passenger movements were registered at Changi, 1% more than the corresponding period in 2013, cargo shipments grew by 0.5% to 1.53 million tonnes, while aircraft movements were stable at 283,650.

New stores and re-openings took place in October at Changi and travellers looking for personal healthcare and beauty products, can now head to the new Watson’s store in the Terminal 3 Departure Transit Lounge.

Over in the public areas, Unity, one of the leading retail pharmacy chains in Singapore, offers a range of pharmaceutical products at its first airport outlet, located in the basement 2 level of Terminal 3.

After the completion of refurbishment works, local breakfast specialist Wang Café resumed operations in the transit areas of Terminal 2, its third outlet at Changi, and Chinta Manis, renowned for its range of Nonya kuehs, desserts and local Peranakan delights, reopened in the T2 Departure Transit Lounge.

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