Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN) achieved record passenger figures in 2015, handling 55.4 million passengers and 346,330 landings and take-offs during the year. This represented an increase of 2.5% and 1.4% respectively. On the cargo front, airfreight movements remained stable at 1.85 million tonnes for the year.
In December 2015, Changi Airport registered a total of 5.29 million passenger movements (+3.9% on-year), the highest ever traffic the airport has achieved in a month since it opened in 1981. Changi Airport’s daily record was also broken on the Saturday before Christmas (December 19, 2015), with more than 192,000 passengers passing through during the 24 hours. The airport says traffic was positive for most of Changi Airport’s top ten country markets with Thailand (+12.5%), Vietnam (+7.2%) and China (+7.0%) registering the strongest growth. This was offset by a softer showing for Indonesia (-7.3%) and Hong Kong (-1.2%). While the broader trend for air travel was positive, traffic to Singapore was impacted by the strength of the Singapore Dollar against some regional currencies.
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 and Manila. Bangkok was Changi’s second fastest growing route among destinations with at least half a million passengers handled in 2015. Colombo, Guangzhou, Mumbai and Tokyo rounded up the top five.