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Singapore Changi handles a record 62.2 million passengers in 2017

Singapore Changi Airport today confirmed that it handled a record 62.2 million passengers in 2017.

The final end of year figure, which represents a 6% upturn on 2016, follows the announcement that it broke thge 60mppa barrier for the first time in mid-December.

The gateway also recored a 3.5% increase in aircraft movements and a newar 8% rise in airfreight, with cargo volumes exceeding 2.1 million tonnes in 2017.

December was once again the busiest month of the year, with Changi handling 5.86 million passenger movements (+3.3%), 32,960 aircraft movements (+3.1%) and 188,740 tonnes of airfreight throughput (+6.4%).

The busiest day of the year was Friday, December 22, when some 208,043 passengers passing through Changi’s terminals – a record for the airport.
Changi taxiway
In 2017, traffic across all regions saw positive growth, with Southeast and Northeast Asia contributing to about 70% of total traffic.

Among Changi’s top 10 country markets, China and India led with a robust double-digit growth of 12% and 16%, respectively.

Kuala Lumpur (+7%) replaced Jakarta as Changi’s most popular route last year.

Among Changi Airport’s top 20 destinations, Guangzhou was the fastest growing (+15%), while Brisbane, Penang and Phuket recorded growth of at least 6%.

Lim Ching Kiat, CAG’s managing director, air hub development, comments: “Last year was a significant year for Changi Airport, as we saw strong growth in both passenger traffic and cargo throughput, resulting in record numbers.

"We also opened the new tech-friendly Terminal 4, which served 1.3 million passengers in its first two months of operations. 

"With the establishment of new city links to many parts of the world, and the launch of a number of non-stop long haul routes, we have also expanded our connectivity, providing greater convenience for our passengers.

“Looking ahead in 2018, we expect to see more developments in the long-haul segments to Europe. This includes Scoot’s non-stop service to Berlin, and LOT Polish Airlines’ new service connecting Singapore and Warsaw.

"We will also welcome the return of Qantas’ Singapore-London route and an overall increase in seat capacity between Singapore and Australia, as well as Lufthansa’s resumption of its service to Munich.

"At the same time, we will continue our efforts to strengthen our connectivity to secondary cities in China and India – our fastest growing markets in 2017.”

The completion of the airport's Terminal 1 expansion in 2019 and opening of Jewel Changi Airport will raise Changi's capacity to 85 million passengers per annum. 

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