Pax numbers fare better than cargo at Changi

Despite the global economic slowdown in the second half of 2008, Singapore Changi Airport handled a higher volume of passenger traffic, with 37.7 million passenger movements handled in 2008, up 2.7 per cent from 2007. But the impact on cargo was more pronounced on the cargo front, where, compared to 2007, airfreight movements dipped 2 […]


Despite the global economic slowdown in the second half of 2008, Singapore Changi Airport handled a higher volume of passenger traffic, with 37.7 million passenger movements handled in 2008, up 2.7 per cent from 2007.

But the impact on cargo was more pronounced on the cargo front, where, compared to 2007, airfreight movements dipped 2 per cent to register 1.86 million tonnes in 2008.

“We acknowledge that 2009 will be a challenging year and recognise the tough operating environment that airlines and airport partners are operating in,” said Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s (CAAS) director general and CEO, Lim Kim Choon.

“CAAS is committed to help its partners at Changi ride out the downturn, through means such as the extension of the Air Hub Development Fund1.”