5,11 million passenger movements, 30,920 landings and takeoffs and 188,630 tonnes of cargo shipments were handled by Singapore Changi Airport in March 2017. There was a year-on-year increase compared to the same period last year.
Passenger traffic was boosted by growth across all regions. Amongst the airport’s top 10 country markets, China and India led the gainers with double-digit growth. There was strong traffic growth between Singapore and Denpasar Bali (+13%), Guangzhou+18%) and Seoul (+13%).
Passenger movement in the first quarter of 2017 was healthy for Changi Airport. It registered 15 million passengers which are 4.7% higher that during the same period last year. China’s growth of 14% accounted for about 10% of total passenger movements during this period. Aircraft movements rose 2.0% to 90,540 while airfreight movements registered an increase of 6.2% totalling 494,180 tonnes.
In March, Singapore Airlines increased its frequency to Ahmedabad from three times weekly to four times. It also increased its services to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City from 35 weekly flights to 42 and seventeen weekly flights to 19 respectively. SilkAir increased frequency to Phuket from 31 weekly flights to 35. Myanmar National Airlines increased frequency to Yangon from 12 weekly flights to 14. 38 additional weekly services will be launched in the coming months as part of the season’s new flights.
In March, Saint Laurent opened its second store in Changi Airport at Terminal 3. Pure Gold Jewellers opened their third airport outlet at Terminal 2. Bakery restaurant PAUL relocated from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1. In the public areas, Starbucks Reserve has opened their first Asian airport outlet at Terminal 3’s departure hall.