The FINANCIAL -- Singapore Changi Airport handled 5.56 million passenger movements in March, an 8.7% year-on-year increase. Aircraft movements were 5.4% higher at 32,590 landings and takeoffs, while cargo shipments dipped 0.6% to 187,550 tonnes, compared to the same period last year.
For the month of March, passenger traffic growth was observed across all regions. Traffic to and from Europe grew strongly at 13%, helped by the return of Qantas’ daily Sydney-London service (via Singapore) and Lufthansa’s resumption of its five-weekly service to Munich. Passenger movements between Singapore and Australia also recorded a robust 9% increase, with a 12% growth in traffic to and from Sydney. Changi Airport’s other top country markets – China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand – also registered growth for the month, with India (+23%) and China (+13%) leading the way, according to Singapore Changi Airport.
For the first quarter of this year, Changi Airport registered 15.8 million passenger movements, 5.0% higher than the same period last year. Among Changi’s top 10 country markets, India and Japan led the gainers, with growth of 14% and 9% respectively. Aircraft movements rose 4.7% to 94,770, while airfreight movements registered an increase of 3.6% for the quarter, totalling 512,080 tonnes. Among Changi’s top cargo markets, Japan and South Korea were amongst the fastest growing by airfreight volume.
As at 1 April 2018, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 400 cities in about 100 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 7,200 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 80 seconds.
Other highlights at Changi
New Services – Changi Airport welcomed new services and increased flight frequencies for the Northern Summer 2018 season, which runs from 25 March to 27 October 2018.
New Restaurants & Stores – In the transit areas, I Love Taimei has opened its first shop in Terminal 1, offering a variety of Taiwanese snacks and drinks. Luxury retailer Ted Baker has also opened its first Changi outlet in Terminal 2 (T2), with a wide range of apparel, footwear, and trendy accessories.
Over at Terminal 3’s (T3) transit areas, Harry's Bar & Dining has opened its second airport outlet in Changi with a range of Western and Asian food options, as well as an all-new ‘Aviation’ cocktail, available exclusively at this outlet. Tip Top, offering traditional flavourful curry puffs, and Krispy Kreme, known for its range of delicious donuts, have both opened their second airport outlet.
Also in T3, Maison Christian Dior has launched its first Asia-Pacific boutique, offering fragrances and soaps from Dior, while British retailer WH Smith has added two new outlets, bring its presence at Changi Airport to 10 stores.
In the public areas, M-Bar, a self-service mini karaoke-kiosk concept, launched four booths in T3’s Basement 2. Located next to M-Bar, Boarding Gate has opened its first Changi Airport store, carrying functional and fashionable travel goods. Over in T2, American Tourister has opened at the Departure Check-in Hall, with a wide range of luggage options.