Singapore Changi Airport had its busiest month ever in December 2012 to cross the 50-million passengers movements mark for the first time in the airport’s 31-year history.
Passenger traffic for 2012 totalled 51.2 million, increasing by 10% over 2011. Flight movements grew 7.6% to 324,700 while cargo volumes declined to 1.81 million tonnes, which the airport believes is due to economic uncertainty.
Changi registered 4.92 million passenger movements in December, an 8.6% year-on-year increase. The daily record was broken on December 22, when the airport handled 180,400 passengers.
Traffic between Singapore and Europe grew 7.5% over the year, while strong growth was also seen in South Asia (12.4%), Northeast Asia (9.9%), Southeast Asia (9.7%) and Southwest Pacific (9.4%) regions. Changi’s busiest routes were Jakarta, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.