The FINANCIAL — Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.48 million passenger movements in May 2015, a growth of 2.6% compared to the same period in 2014. Flight movements increased by 0.4% to 29,000. During the month, 157,000 tonnes of airfreight were processed at Changi, a 0.3% decrease year-on-year.
Traffic growth in the month of May was fuelled by travel demand across Asia, offset by a decline in Europe and Southwest Pacific travel. Among Changi Airport’s top 10 country markets, passenger movements to and from China (+9.5%) and Thailand (+18%) registered the strongest growth. For the 12 months ended May 2015, traffic between Singapore and these two markets rose 1.0% and 2.9% respectively. This was the first increase on a rolling 12 months basis since July 2014 for China, and March 2014 for Thailand, according to Changi Airport.
As at 1 June 2015, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to over 320 cities in some 80 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 6,700 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds.