Since Changi Airport’s opening in 1981, it has seen growing passenger movements year on year. And 2017 has been no different with Changi celebrating the crossing of yet another milestone of a record 60 million passengers passing through the airport since January.
Over the last decade, visitors to Singapore and Asia itself have significantly risen. This has led to the aviation sector being a significant contributor to the Singapore’s economy, providing 6% of the country’s GDP. Growth is not showing any signs of slowing down: in fact, if you look at previous figures it is increasing at the fastest rate in recent years. November at Singapore Changi Airport saw 5.17 million passenger movements, a growth of 8.1%. December looks set for even better figures as a result of Asia being one of the most popular continents for tourists throughout the Christmas period.
Four terminals have opened since Changi Airport welcomed its first passengers, helping cater for the airport’s passenger growth. As of December 2017, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 380 cities in around 90 countries and territories worldwide. A range of new connections have brought about double-digit growth this year amongst the top 20 fastest growing markets include Phuket (+19%), Bangkok (+17%) and London (+14%).
Changi Airport Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lee Seow Hiang, expressed his delight that the hard work they have put in to create a thriving airport is coming to fruition.
“It is a proud moment for all of us in the airport community and is the result of years of hard work and dedication to growing the Changi air hub to what it is today. With the new Terminal 4, and our upcoming development projects such as the expansion of Terminal 1, the Changi East project as well as a 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 in the decades ahead,” he said.