Singapore Changi Airport sets a new annual record in passenger traffic, handling more than 10 million passenger movements than five years ago. The airport has welcomed 60 million passengers in 2017.
All the 60 million passengers have arrived at the airport this year. All the passengers were on Scoot flight TR7 from Gold Coast, Australia, which landed at Changi Airport’s Terminal 2.
The passengers were engaged to a celebratory event and six of the passengers were encouraged participating in a quiz game.
According to Changi Airport Group CEO Lee Seow Hiang , “ the event was a proud moment and it was only in 2012 that we marked our 20 million milestone”.
“With the new Terminal 4 and our upcoming development projects such as the expansion of Terminal 1, the Changi East project as well as new passenger terminal at Seletar Airport, we are ensuring that our country’s airports continue to have sufficient capacity to meet the region’s demand for air travel and in the decades ahead,” he added.
The growth of Changi airport comes as the demand for air travel continues to strengthen particularly in China and India.
Changi airport has planned progressively to add close to 130 flights a week offering 26,400 one way seats from Singapore to 19 destinations to existing and new destination until the end of the year.
The new flights are based on schedules pre-filed by carriers for what is known as the northern winter season which has started and ends in March.
Singaporean traveler can fly direct to three cities in northern China: Harbin, Shijiazhuang and Yantai port city. With the new destinations Changi airport should end the year with more than last year’s record total tally of 58.7 million passengers.
Changi airport previous traffic record was set in 2008 when it handled 37.7 million passengers.
In 2016, Changi Airport was named the world’s busiest airport for the international traffic. Dubai International Airport topped the list which saw more than 83 million passenger movements in 2016.
By the end of the year, Changi airport will have links with 34 Chinese cities, served by 13 airlines.