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Changi Airport reaches 40 million passengers in new annual record


Singapore Changi Airport set a new annual record in passenger traffic, handling more than 40 million passenger movements in 2010. Changi Airport’s previous traffic record was set in 2008 when it handled 37.7 million passengers. Passenger numbers slipped 1.3% to 37.2 million in 2009 due to the global economic crisis, when the airport ranked as the 21st busiest airport in the world, according to ACI.

Singapore Changi Airport traffic: 2004 to 2010 (11 months to Nov-2010)

Commercial aircraft movements are also expected to exceed 2090 levels in 2010, to set a new annual record.

Singapore Changi Airport commercial aircraft movements: 2004 to 2010 (11 months to Nov-2010)

Freight traffic, however, remains depressed from the peak levels established in 2006, although there was some improvement this year from 2009.

Singapore Changi freight traffic: 2004 to 2010 (11 months to Nov-2010)

Sixth largest Asia Pacific airport; room for continued growth

Crossing the 40 million mark places Changi in the “next higher league of airports globally”, according to the airport, reinforcing its position as a major air hub. Only 18 other airports reached the 40 million passenger milestone target in 2009, with the airport ranking as the sixth largest airport in the growing and high-potential Asia Pacific region behind Beijing, Tokyo Haneda, Hong Kong, Dubai and Bangkok. There is room for continued growth at the airport, which has capacity for more than 70 million passengers p/a.

World’s largest airports by passenger traffic: 2009

38 million pax in 11 months to Nov-2010

For the 11 months to Nov-2010, Changi Airport handled 38.0 million passengers, a 13.8% year-on-year increase. This 11-month figure is already higher than the record of 37.7 million registered for the whole of 2008.

Singapore Changi traffic: Nov-2010 and 11 months to Nov-2010 



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Passenger movements (mill)



Freight movements (tonnes)



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11 months to Nov-2010

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For Nov-2010 alone, 3.6 million passenger movements were registered, a year-on-year increase of 7.7%.

Singapore Changi Airport passenger numbers and passenger numbers growth:
Nov-2009 to Nov-2010

Singapore Changi Airport passenger numbers growth, cargo volume growth
and aircraft movements growth: Nov-2009 to Nov-2010

Passenger growth driven by traffic from southeast/northeast Asia

Passenger growth at Changi Airport this year has been driven by traffic to/from Southeast and Northeast Asia. Among cities with more than half a million passenger movements, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila in Southeast Asia, and Hong Kong and Shanghai in Northeast Asia registered double-digit growth. The passenger traffic growth was aligned with an increase in the number of flights to these destinations. For example, Manila and Hong Kong have each seen a double-digit percentage increase in the number of weekly flights since the beginning of 2009.

Based on data for the 10 months ended Oct-2010, Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand remain the five largest country markets by passenger traffic for Changi Airport.

Top 10 Country Markets for Changi Airport2

Growth at both network carriers and LCCs; driven by LCCs

In 2010, both network and LCCs have seen growth in passengers carried at Changi. For the first 11 months of 2010, FSCs saw a turnaround in demand to register an 8.8% increase, while LCCs continued their robust growth, carrying 35.3% more passengers. For the period, LCCs held a 22.3% share of passenger traffic at Changi and accounted for 26.2% of total aircraft movements at the airport.

As at 01-Dec-2010, Changi Airport served 98 airlines operating around 5,200 weekly scheduled services to/from more than 200 cities in 60 countries and territories.

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