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LAX and Singapore Changi announce record traffic figures for 2015

Two of the world's most high profile gateways, Singapore Changi and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), set new traffic record in 2015, handling 55.4 million and 74.9 million passengers respectively.

The total at Los Angles International Airport equals the 74.9 million passengers handled at London Heathrow and could elevate LAX to equal third busiest gateway on the planet depending on the yet-to-be-announced results of Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

LAX was the world's fifth busiest airport for passenger traffic in 2014 after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Beijing Capital, London Heathrow and Tokyo Haneda. 

Operator, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is not surprisingly pleased with LAX's 2015 performance, which represents a 6% upturn on the 70.6 million passengers that passed through its terminals in 2014.

Of the 2015 total, a record 20.7 million passengers or 27.7% were aboard international flights – 8.5% higher than last year’s record 19.1 million passengers. 
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In addition, last year’s record 54.1 million domestic passengers is 5.1% higher than the record 51.5 million set n 2014.   

“The record number of passengers and increased cargo activity at LAX reflect the investments being made at LAX,” says LAWA's chief executive officer, Deborah Flint.

“The unprecedented $8.5-billion modernidation programme includes substantial capital improvements to virtually every terminal at the airport. 

"Another $5 billion will be invested to relieve traffic congestion with a new convenient, reliable and sustainable transportation system that will transform LAX into a world-class airport and improve the travel experience for everyone.”

Singapore Changi

Operator, Changi Airport Group (CAG), believes that the annual 2.5% upturn in passenger numbers at Singapore Changi and a 1.4% rise in aircraft movements showed the airport's resilience.

In December 2015, Changi registered a total of 5.29 million passenger movements (+3.9% on-year), the highest ever monthly total since the airport opened in 1981. 

Changi's daily record was also broken on the Saturday before Christmas, with more than 192,000 passengers passing through during the 24 hours. 

In terms of Changi Airport’s busiest routes, Jakarta continued to top the list with 3.79 million passenger movements last year, followed by Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Manila. 
Bangkok was Changi’s second fastest growing route among destinations with at least half a million passengers handled in 2015. Colombo, Guangzhou, Mumbai and Tokyo rounded up the top five.

CAG CEO, Lee Seow Hiang, says: “2015 was a year of two halves for Changi Airport.Following 2014, which saw a number of airline incidents in the region and depressed yields for many regional carriers, we had a relatively weak first six months with flat growth for the period. 

"Nevertheless, we pressed on to actively woo new airlines and seek growth opportunities with existing ones, and our efforts have yielded some positive outcomes. We have seen both full-service and low-cost carriers add capacity in recent months and this has resulted in stronger passenger growth of about 5% for the second half of the year.

“Going forward, economic uncertainty in many markets, made worse by lacklustre business and consumer confidence, may dampen travel demand in the near term. 

"However, low fuel prices should support airlines’ profitability. The outlook for Changi is also bolstered by positive developments such as the addition of new city links and airlines in the coming months.

“Closer to our hub, Asia continues to present exciting growth opportunities, with untapped tourism potential in many parts of the continent, and growing affluence in the emerging economies driving air travel.

"Here, Changi Airport is well placed to capture future growth with our expanding network, including many secondary cities, to key markets like China, India and Indonesia. 

"We will continue to work closely with our airline partners to establish new connections to develop the Singapore air hub and better serve our passengers.”

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