Changi stable in 2015, invests in niche cargo segments
Singapore Changi Airport did see growth in some niche sectors like pharmaceuticals cargo segment, which registered a 44 per cent growth year-on-year in 2015.
January 27, 2016
By Donald Urquhart
During the year, three airlines (My Indo Airlines, Polar Air Cargo and AirBridgeCargo) enhanced Changi’s cargo network with new services, while seven passenger carriers commenced operations at Changi Airport. The return of Air New Zealand boosted capacity on the Singapore-Auckland route while the addition of Batik Air, Thai Lion Air and Myanmar National Airlines strengthened Changi’s connectivity within Southeast Asia.
Changi Airport added nine new destinations in 2015, highlighted by four new Chinese city links (Changchun, Quanzhou, Sanya and Yinchuan), strengthening the airport’s position as the most connected airport in Southeast Asia to China, with a total of 32 city links to the country. Besides the Chinese cities, Changi also saw new services to Cairns in Australia, Lucknow in India, Luang Prabang in Laos, Pattaya (U-Tapao) in Thailand and Cincinnati in the United States, a new freighter link.
Meanwhile, the airport handled a record 55.4 million passengers and 346,330 landings and take-offs during the year. This represented a year-on-year increase of 2.5 and 1.4 per cent respectively. In terms of Changi Airport’s busiest routes, Jakarta continued to top the list with 3.79 million passenger movements last year, followed by Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Manila, Colombo, Guangzhou, Mumbai and Tokyo rounding up the top five.