Singapore’s Changi Airport saw passenger numbers jump 11.3% in May to 3.77 million, thanks to a rapid expansion in low-cost carrier traffic in the region.
The gateway said that low cost carriers (LCCs) continued to expand rapidly during the month with passenger traffic growing 24.6% compared with a year ago and accounting for 28% of Changi’s total.
Meanwhile, aircraft movements at the gateway in May totalled 24,994 – a 12.8% increase on the same period last year, and a monthly record for Changi Airport.
According to the airport, South East Asia traffic registered the strongest year-on-year growth of 17.7%, followed by traffic to South West Pacific at 14.4%.
Interestingly, Changi also reported a 6.8% increase in traffic to North East Asia despite a sharp decline of 11.4% for passenger movements between Changi and Tokyo and a drop of 9.2% between Changi and Japan.
On the cargo front, airfreight movements in May totalled 157,286 tonnes, an increase of 2.7% on the same period a year ago.
For the period between January and May, cargo movements at the airport were up 3.5% to 754,517 tonnes.