Asia drives growth at Singapore airport
Strong growth in passenger traffic from the Asia Pacific region boosted Singapore’s Changi airport in the first half of 2012.
In the first six months of the year, Changi’s passenger traffic jumped 11.6% to 25.0 million. Traffic on flights to and from the Middle East (+22%), South Asia (+15%) and Northeast Asia (+14%) however, drove the growth.
Reflecting Changi’s increasing connectivity to China and India, traffic to and from these two countries grew strongest among markets, accounting for at least a million passengers each. With links to 25 Chinese cities and 11 destinations in India, Changi Airport is now the most connected point from Southeast Asia to these two emerging economies. In terms of individual cities, Guangzhou, New Delhi, Beijing, Frankfurt and Taipei registered the strongest percentage growth, with at least a quarter of a million passengers during the period.
As of 1 July 2012, 100 airlines operate at Changi airport, connecting Singapore to more than 220 cities in 60 countries around the world.