SINGAPORE, Dec 18 (NNN-Bernama) -- Changi Airport Group (CAG) today celebrated the crossing of yet another milestone in Changi Airport's history, recording 60 million passenger movements in 2017, a first in a calendar year.
It is a proud moment for all of us in the airport community and is the result of years of hard work and dedication to grow the Changi air hub to what it is today, its Chief Executive Officer, Lee Seow Hiang said in a statement today.
It was only in 2012 that we marked our 50 million milestone. Five years on, we have increased annual traffic by 20 per cent or 10 million, he said.
Lee noted that with the new Terminal 4, and an upcoming development projects such as the expansion of Terminal 1, the Changi East project as well as a new passenger terminal at Seletar Airport, CAG would ensure that the country's airports continue to have sufficient capacity to meet the region's demand for air travel in the decades ahead, and contribute to Singapore's economic success in the long run.
CAG said with more than 60 million passengers now passing through Changi Airport yearly, the aviation sector would continue to be a key contributor to Singapore's economy.
It provides more than 160,000 jobs, and contributes 6.0 per cent of Singapore's Gross Domestic Product, it said.
The airport operator said the steady growth in aviation was expected to continue, with Asia as the centre of aviation growth in the next 20 years.
Since Changi Airport's opening in 1981, four terminals have been opened to cater for its growth, with Terminal 4 commencing operations on October 31 this year.
Passenger traffic has increased steadily in the last 36 years.
By 1986, Changi was already serving more than 10 million passengers per annum (mppa), and this increased to 20 mppa in 1994, 30 mppa in 2004, 40 mppa in 2010 and 50 mppa in 2012.
In April this year, the airport recorded its one billionth passenger since opening.
For November, the Singapore Changi Airport registered 5.17 million passenger movements, an 8.1 per cent year-on-year growth.
Airfreight throughput increased 10.7 per cent to 191,680 tonnes, while aircraft movements rose 4.8 per cent to 31,140 landings and takeoffs.
CAG noted that passenger traffic for all regions grew at least 6.0 per cent.
All of Changi Airport's top 20 country markets recorded positive growth.
Countries which achieved double-digit growth included China, Myanmar, the United Kingdom and United States.
Among the top 20 routes, Phuket ( 19 per cent), Bangkok ( 17 per cent) and London ( 14 per cent) were the fastest growing.
As at Dec 1, 2017, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 380 cities in some 90 countries and territories worldwide.
With more than 7,000 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds.
Changi Airport was the world's sixth busiest airport for international traffic in 2016.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK