Singapore Changi smashes passenger records

Asian hub saw total of 53.7 million passengers in 2013

Singapore’s Changi Airport has sealed its status as a major aviation hub with record-breaking passenger traffic and more destinations added to its network.

The airport has released official figures for 2013 that showed a total of 53.7 million passengers and 343,800 landings and take-offs, growth of 5% and 5.9%, respectively.

The airport also smashed its monthly and daily records, handling 5.1 million passengers in December – the first time the figure has passed five million – and 191,800 passengers and 1,100 flights on December 21.

Changi’s strong performance is being fuelled by exponential growth in travel demand within the Asia-Pacific region. Travel to southeast and northeast Asia, which make up almost 70% of the facility’s traffic, rose 8.2% and 7%, respectively.

Indonesia is the biggest market and Jakarta the busiest route for Changi, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Manila. Bali (Denpasar) attracted 17% year-on-year growth through Changi, making it the fastest growing of Changi’s top 10 routes.

Among Changi’s new links in 2013, seven new Chinese destinations were added to its network (Guilin, Jinan, Lijiang, Nanchang, Nanning, Ningbo, Wuxi), while Mandalay (Myanmar), Kalibo (Philippines) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) are also now accessible from Singapore.

Meanwhile, Swiss, Ethiopian Airlines, Golden Myanmar Airlines and Bangladesh’s United Airways and Regent Airways, now have operations based at Changi.

TTG Asia

[pictured: Airside view of Singapore Changi Airport; photo courtesy Changi Airport Group]