Another record breaking year for Changi Airport in 2013

 

Singapore  Changi  Airport  registered  a  strong performance  in  2013  to  set  new  benchmarks  for  passenger  traffic  a nd  aircraft 
movements,  handling  a  record  53.7 million passengers  and  343,800 landings and takeoffs during the year. This was  an increase of 5.0% and 5.9% respectively.  

On the cargo front, airfreight movements were stable at 1.85 million tonnes for the year.

In  the  month  of  December  2013,  Changi  Airport  welcomed  5.12  million  passengers (+4.1% on-year),  the first time  the airport  handled more than 5 million passengers in a month  since  it  opened  in  1981.   Changi  Airport's  daily  record  was  also  broken  on  the 
Saturday just before Christmas (21 December 2013), with 191,800 passengers and 1,100 flights registered during the 24 hours.

As at 1 January 2014, Changi  Airport  handles more than 6,900  weekly  scheduled flights with  more  than  100  airlines  connecting  Singapore  to  280  cities  in  about  60  countries around  the  world. 

Travel demand in Asia Pacific driving growth

Changi  Airport’s  passenger  traffic  growth  in  2013  was  driven  by  strong  travel  demand within  the  Asia  Pacific  region.   Traffic  to  Southeast  Asia  and  Northeast  Asia,  which accounts  for  close  to  70%  of  Changi  Airport’s  total,  rose  8.2%  and  7.0%  respectively. 
Indonesia  continues  to  be  Changi’s  top  country  market,  with  more  than  7.4  million passengers passing through during the year, an 8.8% increase. 


The  new  bilateral  air  services  agreement  that  Singapore  and  Indonesia  forged  in February  2013,  provided  new  opportunities  for  growth,  especially  on  the  SingaporeJakarta  route,  the  second  busiest  international  route  in  the  world.   Airlines  also  added
services  to  and  from  emerging  secondary  cities  such  as  Bali,  Medan  and  Surabaya, offering travellers a  superior transit experience and a  much wider offering of destinations available through Singapore.

Jakarta  again  topped  the  list  of  Changi  Airport’s  busiest  routes  followed  by  Bangkok, Kuala  Lumpur,  Hong  Kong  and  Manila  (see  Annex  B).  Denpasar-Bali  continued  to  be hugely  popular  with  travellers,  registering  a  robust  increase  of  17%  year-on-year,  the 
fastest growing  among the top  10  routes. Traffic  growth of 15% brought Taipei into the Changi Top 10 for the first time.

During the year, Changi Airport enhanced its global network with the addition of  sevennew  Chinese  city  links  (Guilin,  Jinan,  Lijiang,  Nanchang,  Nanning,  Ningbo  and  Wuxi), bringing  the  total  to  31  and  accentuating  its  position as  the most connected  Southeast 
Asian  air hub to China.  

Besides  the new Chinese cities,  Changi’s connectivity was also enhanced  with  the  launch  of  new  services  to  Mandalay  in  Myanmar,  Kalibo  in  the Philippines and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Five  new  carriers  commenced  operations  at  Changi  Airport  in  2013.   The  arrival  of Ethiopian Airlines connects Singapore to East  and  Central Africa via Addis Ababa  whilethe return of SWISS boosts Changi’s connectivity to Europe.  The other new airlines  were 
Golden  Myanmar  Airlines  as  well  as  two  Bangladeshi  carriers,  United  Airways  and Regent Airways.

Stable cargo business supported by strong niche segments

Changi  Airport’s  total  cargo  throughput  for  the  year  was  stable,  increasing  0.8%,  as stronger  imports  outweighed  slower  exports  and  transshipment  volumes.   There  were also some bright spots in niche cargo segments such as perishables and pharmaceuticals
which continued to grow in 2013. 

The recovery of the global airfreight industry remains fragile and potential growth in cargo volumes,  if  any,  will  be  amidst  a  challenging  environment  as  global  consumer demand and cargo yields continue to remain depressed.   

In light of this, Changi Airport Group (CAG)  will continue to extend support to its air cargo partners  through  the  Changi  Airport  Growth  Initiative  for  the  financial  year  ending  31 March 2015 (FY14/15). All scheduled freighter flights at Changi Airport will enjoy a 50% 
landing fee rebate and cargo tenants leasing CAG cargo facilities at the Changi Airfreight Centre  will  enjoy  rebates  based  on  cargo  tonnage handled,  up  to 20% of  their  rentals. 

Together  with  other  growth  incentives  available  to  freighter  airlines,  CAG’s  support package for the cargo industry will amount to S$18 million for FY14/15. 

Another good year

Singapore Changi Airport was named the World’s Best Airport at the 2013 Skytrax World Airport Awards, an honour that Changi has achieved four times.  This accolade highlights another year of excellence  during which  Changi received a total of 30 awards including 
Business Traveller’s Best Airport in the World award for the 26thyear running.

The full list of accolades received in 2013 is available at www.changiairport.com.

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer, Changi Airport Group said, “2013 has been another  good  year  for us. With steady growth, Changi Airport now serves mo re than 53 million  passengers  a  year  and  this  places  Changi  Airport  among  the  five  busiest 
international  airports  in  the  world.   We  thank  the  32,000 -strong  Changi  community  for their hard work and dedication  to service excellence, ensuring  that we continue  to deliver the Changi Experience to our passengers every day, throughout the year.

“In the near-term, traffic growth at Changi Airport is not expected to be as robust as what we  had  experienced  in  the  recovery  following  the  global  financial  crisis  in  2008/09. However,  we  will continue to work with current and potential airline partners to explore 
market opportunities to ensure sustainable growth over the long-term.

Hence, even as we  continue  to  invest  in  our  ongoing  operations,  we  have  also  embarked  on  major infrastructure projects  like Terminal 4, Project Jewel and Changi East to prepar e Changi Airport for the future.

“Our  focus  and  commitment  to  maintain  Changi  Airport’s  position  as  a  premier  air  hub 
serving the world remains steadfast.”

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