Changi sees slight August cargo decline

August cargo volumes dropped slightly for Singapore Changi Airport, with the airport handling 153,000 tonnes of cargo, representing a 0.9 per cent, year-on-year drop, which airport officials attribute to a marked decrease in import and export traffic.


Singapore Changi Airport Cargo volumes dropped slightly


Changi sees slight August cargo decline

August cargo volumes dropped slightly for Singapore Changi Airport, with the airport handling 153,000 tonnes of cargo, representing a 0.9 per cent, year-on-year drop, which airport officials attribute to a marked decrease in import and export traffic. While transshipment cargo jumped seven per cent, year-onyear in August, the decreased import and export volumes offset these gains. But despite the decline, August saw increased cargo capacity at Changi Airport with Singapore Airlines Cargo boosting its weekly flights between Singapore and Xiamen, China, from three to five and increased frequency to Shanghai from seven to eight weekly flights. Overall, Changi Airport handled 1.22 million tonnes of freight in the first eight months of 2011, a 2.5 per cent growth over the same period in 2010. Passenger traffic is on the rise however, with aircraft movements increasing significantly in August, growing 14.9 per cent to 25,700 flights, with the airport seeing 3.86 million passengers in August, an 11 per cent jump. Airport officials credit much of the increased traffic to the proliferation of low-cost carriers (LCCs) and heightened passenger volumes from Northeast and Southeast Asia which is expected to grow further with the recent launches of a three-times weekly Jetstar service between Singapore and Ningbo, China, and the addition of IndiGo Airlines at Changi Airport. India’s largest LCC, IndiGo Airlines also began operations at Changi on 15 September. The airline operates a daily service to New Delhi and will begin Singapore-Mumbai flights from the middle of October. Low cost carriers carried 26.3 per cent more passengers compared to a year ago while full service carriers grew 6.8 per cent albeit from a larger base. LCCs accounted for a quarter of all flights at Changi.