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Changi Airport's passenger traffic up 1% on-year in July

Passenger movements rose 1 per cent from a year ago to 4.58 million last month, while flight movements dipped 2.6 per cent to 28,200.

SINGAPORE: A total of 4.58 million passengers passed through Changi Airport last month, an increase of 1 per cent from July 2013, according to latest figures released by the Changi Airport Group (CAG) on Friday (Aug 22).

However, flight movements fell 2.6 per cent to 28,200 in the same period. The cargo tonnage registered at the airport also dropped 2.4 per cent to 155,000.

CAG said in a statement: “Passenger traffic during the month was supported by an increase in air travel between Singapore and Northeast and South Asia, offset by weaker performance on some Southeast Asian routes.”

The top 10 markets registering double-digit increases for passenger traffic at the airport include Hong Kong, India and Vietnam. Travel to and from China registered a year-on-year growth for the first time since January 2014, CAG said, fuelled by strong growth in traffic to and from Shanghai, Nanjing, Haikou, Hangzhou and Qingdao.

Traffic between Singapore and Thailand in July fell 12 per cent from a year ago – the ninth consecutive month of decline – as political instability in Thailand dampened tourism.

Between January and July 2014, Changi Airport handled 31.8 million passengers, an increase of 1.3 per cent from the same period a year ago. Aircraft landings and take-offs grew by 3.6 per cent to 199,900, while cargo shipments were stable at 1,065,000 tonnes for the same period, CAG said.

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