Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Changi's traffic soars 15.9%

Changi airport saw 3.47 million passengers in August, an increase of 9.6 per cent over a year ago. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

CHANGI Airport handled 3.47 million passengers in August, an increase of 9.6 per cent over a year ago.

Total traffic for the first eight months now stands at 27.38 million, a year-on-year jump of 15.9 per cent.

Changi Airport Group, which released its monthly data on Wednesday, said that traffic to and from North-east Asia and South-east Asia led the growth in passenger traffic last month, with double-digit growth was recorded for both regions.

Tiger Airways, Lion Air and Cathay Pacific were among airlines that increased frequencies with more flights to cities such as Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. The long National Day weekend also contributed to the traffic growth, the airport said.

On the cargo front, airfreight movements grew 9.7 per cent with 155,000 tonnes of freight. For the first eight months of 2010, a total of 1.19 million tonnes of cargo were handled, up 15 per cent compared to 2009.

There were 22,368 aircraft movements in August, an increase of 9.1 per cent. This brings the January to August total to 172,971 movements, up 10.4 per cent from the same period last year.

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