Singapore Changi Airport achieved another strong year in 2013, setting new records for passenger traffic and aircraft movements.
The airport handled a total of 53.7 million passengers last year, 5.0% more than in 2012, while aircraft take-offs and landings climbed 5.7% to 343,800. And December 2013 saw Changi handle 5.12m passengers – the first time in the airport’s history it has processed more than five million passengers in a single month.
“2013 has been another good year for us. With steady growth, Changi Airport now serves more than 53m passengers a year and this places Changi Airport among the five busiest international airports in the world,” said Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of the Changi Airport Group (CAG).
“In the near-term, traffic growth at Changi Airport is not expected to be as robust as what we had experienced in the recovery following the global financial crisis in 2008-09. However, we will continue to work with current and potential airline partners to explore market opportunities to ensure sustainable growth over the long-term,” he added.
Jakarta was the most served destination from Changi Airport in 2013, followed by Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Manila. All of Changi’s top 10 destinations are in the Asia Pacific region.
And Singapore’s links with China are driving growth at Changi. Last year, Changi added connections to seven new cities in mainland China: Guilin, Jinan, Lijiang, Nanchang, Nanning, Ningbo and Wuxi. New routes were also launched to Mandalay, Kalibo and Addis Ababa.
Five new airlines commenced operations at Changi in 2013: Ethiopian Airlines, SWISS, Golden Myanmar Airlines, United Airways and Regent Airways.