Singapore airport toasts passenger milestone

Singapore’s Changi Airport has hit a new passenger milestone after it was revealed that the hub handled over 50 million travellers in 2012.

Recognising this remarkable achievement, airport chiefs organised a cannon salute to the Garuda Indonesia flight GA824 as it arrived from Jakarta signalling the milestone being reached.

Additionally, the good mood was also traceable from a $50,000 prize giveaway contest that took place for passengers to compete in.

It has been reported that the growth of Changi is partly due to the rising number of low-cost travel options available in Asia and the increasing number of Asians wishing to explore Singapore holidays and other neighbouring regions on their home continent.

Changi Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lee Seow Hiang said “Despite a sluggish global economy and an uncertain outlook for air travel, Changi Airport has risen against the challenges to deliver another record breaking year in 2012.

“This is the outcome of our strong partnerships with airlines like Garuda and concerted proactive efforts with them to grow air links and increase flight frequencies.”

The growth of Changi Airport has been remarkable and it is only two years since the base hit the 40 million milestone in 2010. The number of passengers departing from, arriving to and passing through Changi increased by 10.7 per cent in 2011 and grew a further 10.1 per cent in the first 11 months of 2012.

It was not only the migratory-like passenger movement from the strong intra-Asian markets of the Northeast and Southeast that continued to the boom however. There was also the prevalence of increased passenger traffic from Europe and the Southwest Pacific helping to grow Changi’s reputation as a truly international airport in every sense.