Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Changi air freight increases 3.3pc to 908,700 tonnes in first half

BUOYED by the growth in intra-Asia trade, Singapore's Changi Airport handled 908,700 tonnes of cargo in the first six months of the year, an increase of 3.3 per cent over the same period last year.

Statistics show that in the month of June alone, 153,200 tonnes of cargo went through the airport, a hike of 2.3 per cent year on year.

The city state's airport registered 22.4 million passengers in the first half of 2012, a 10.7 per cent jump compared to the same period last year. In June, four million passengers went through the airport, 10.8 per cent more than in June 2011. Low cost carriers (LCC) led the growth in passenger movements, increasing 25.2 per cent while full service carriers grew 6.6 per cent. One in four passengers who passed through Changi flew by an LCC.

Aircraft movements grew in tandem, increasing 14.8 per cent to 25,000 flights during June. For the first six months of the year, Changi Airport handled 144,700 aircraft movements, a rise of 13.1 per cent compared to the first half of 2010.

Year-to-date, south east Asia and north east Asia traffic led the increase in passenger movement, rising 16.4 per cent and 10.4 per cent, respectively, and accounting for more than two thirds of passenger movements at Changi. Traffic to and from eastern Europe rose 16.7 per cent during the first six months, albeit from a relatively smaller base.

For the first half of the year, Changi's top five city links, in terms of passenger movements, remained largely unchanged; Singapore-Jakarta remained the busiest sector. Hong Kong replaced Kuala Lumpur at the second spot, with Bangkok and Manila completing the top five.

Since the beginning of the year, four carriers - Air Macau, Finnair, Hong Kong Airlines and Taiwan's TransAsia Airways - commenced services to Changi.