Posted by: travelasiapress | February 15, 2019

#ChangiAirport crosses #65million passenger mark in 2018

Changi Airport

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SINGAPORE, 29 January 2019 – Singapore Changi Airport registered a strong performance in 2018, handling a record 65.6 million passenger movements (+5.5%) for the year with 386,000 landings and take-offs (+3.4%). Airfreight throughput increased by 1.4% to reach 2.15 million tonnes for 2018.

December was once again the busiest month of the year, recording 6.13 million passenger movements (+4.5%) and 33,400 (+1.4%) aircraft movements. Airfreight throughput dipped 3.8% to 182,000 tonnes. For the first time in a month, Changi Airport welcomed more than six million passengers. The busiest day of the year was 21 December 2018 (the Friday before Christmas), with 221,155 passengers passing through Changi’s terminals – also a new record for the airport.

In 2018, Europe, South Asia, the Americas and Africa recorded double digit growth. Among Changi’s top 10 markets, India and Japan registered the strongest growth rising 12% and 10% respectively. This was followed by China and Vietnam which saw annual growth of 7%.

Changi Airport’s top 10 routes remained unchanged although there were slight changes in the rankings. Bangkok and Denpasar (Bali) each moved up one spot to second and sixth position respectively. Six of Changi’s top 20 routes grew by at least 5% — Denpasar (Bali), London, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai and Sydney.

Growth was observed for airfreight throughput across all segments – exports, imports and transshipments. For the year, the top five markets for airfreight were China, Australia, Hong Kong, the United States and India.

New airlines and destinations

During the year, Changi Airport welcomed three passenger airlines – Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines, LOT Polish, and Shandong Airlines. Seven new passenger city links were also established, to China (Nanchang), Germany (Berlin), India (Guwahati, Pune, Vijayawada), Indonesia (Belitung), and Poland (Warsaw).

Traffic between Singapore and India, Changi’s sixth largest market, rose to 4.76 million in 2018. Singapore is now linked to Northeast India via Guwahati, operated by Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines. The connection to Pune opens up a direct connection between Singapore and the second largest city in Maharashtra State, one of Changi’s top unserved points in India. The air link between Singapore and Amaravati’s Vijaywada Airport was also a significant milestone, marking Singapore’s partnership with Andhra Pradesh to build the new capital city of Amaravati in Southeast India.

Connectivity to Europe strengthened with non-stop links to Warsaw and Berlin. Qantas reinstated its Singapore-London service, while Lufthansa resumed operations to Munich. Today, Changi Airport is directly connected to 19 cities in Europe, a 10-year high.

On the ultra-long-haul front, Singapore Airlines launched the world’s longest flight to New York (Newark), as well as introduced non-stop services to Los Angeles. Traffic between Singapore and the continental United States increased 21% in 2018, with 74 weekly services to Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.

Strengthening partnerships

To pursue sustainable traffic growth across various passenger segments, Changi Airport Group (CAG) collaborated with travel industry partners through new initiatives and partnerships. The ‘Changi Stopovers’ programme, aimed at encouraging passengers travelling through Changi Airport to stop over in Singapore, was jointly launched in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board. The programme provides attractive options for travellers to enjoy a stopover holiday in Singapore when they visit Southeast Asia or while on route to a long-haul destination. It also strengthens Changi Airport’s position as a regional hub of choice, enhancing traffic for its airline partners.

CAG also embarked on a new initiative to work with travel agents to offer flight charter services to new destinations in China, such as to Guiyang and Zunyi. Charter services to other Chinese cities such as Yancheng, Yichang and Zhangjiajie are also being explored. Charter services are key to cultivate demand to new cities and pave the way for scheduled services. China is Changi’s third largest market, with 15 airlines operating more than 370 weekly services to 36 city links.

Gearing up for the future

Mr Lim Ching Kiat, CAG’s Managing Director, Air Hub Development, said, “2018 was another strong year for Changi Airport. We are pleased with the introduction of new city links, as well as the growth of long haul routes from Changi Airport, including the launch of the world’s longest service between Singapore and New York. Non-stop services to the United States have now doubled to 40 per week, providing greater convenience to our passengers.

“Our newest terminal T4 completed its first year of operations, and served 8.3 million passengers in 2018. Later this year, Jewel Changi Airport will open its doors to the world. With aviation facilities, retail offerings and play attractions, Jewel will augment Changi Airport’s status as an air hub. Terminal 1’s expansion will also be completed, increasing the airport’s handling the capacity to 85 million passengers per annum.

“We expect 2019 to pose challenges include rising fuel prices and trade tensions. While these potential headwinds may impact the industry, demand for air travel in the Asia Pacific region is forecast to grow steadily. Together with our airport community and partners, we look forward to strengthening our connectivity and better serving our passengers’ needs.”

SINGAPORE, 16 May 2018– Changi Airport Group today welcomed LOT Polish Airlines’ (LOT) inaugural flight from Warsaw, Poland. LOT operates the service on a Boeing B787-8 aircraft, with a capacity of 252 seats in a three-class configuration.


Changi Airport Group’s (CAG) Chief Executive Officer Mr Lee Seow Hiang said, “We are delighted to welcome LOT’s new service which now connects us to Poland. This marks Singapore’s first non-stop link to Central and Eastern Europe, and will provide passengers with greater convenience and travel options. It also presents growth opportunities for leisure and business travel in both regions. Changi Airport Group has been actively strengthening Singapore’s connectivity to Europe, with four new city links (Athens, Dusseldorf, Stockholm, Warsaw) added to Changi’s network over the past 18 months.”

In 2017, traffic between Singapore and the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region totalled over 258,000 passenger movements. From its base in Warsaw, LOT provides connectivity to more than 40 cities in the CEE region, expanding the range of one-stop destinations that will be available to passengers from Singapore.

CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, Mr Rafal Milczarski, said “Our flights connect the two hubs directly: the one in Warsaw which is the major transportation hub for passengers travelling from Central Europe, and that in Singapore being a major transit airport in South East Asia. In that way we have released tourist and business potential on that route. The flight from Singapore to Warsaw during which LOT’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner travels the distance of 9,500 km, lasts approximately 12 hours. I hope that both business and economy passengers will be interested in travelling with us on that route and will appreciate the comfort and top-quality of each compartment on board of our Dreamliners. Every year, about three million passengers travel between Europe and Singapore as a gateway to other destinations in Asia, Australia and Oceania.”

Posted by: travelasiapress | May 10, 2018

ITB China Presentation Hub: First-hand knowledge of the industry


Berlin/Shanghai, 8 May 2018The sessions taking place in the Presentation Hub run parallel to ITB China Conference, taking place 16 to 18 May in Shanghai, and will address current issues relating to the travel industry, such as animal friendly tourism, Revenue Management for hotels or sports tourism. The latter is constantly growing. It is something most of the people will participate in at some point in their lives, whether it is to run the marathon, traveling to play in a soccer tournament, or to watch one’s favourite star play tennis. With six dedicated sessions devoted to sports tourism, the segment will be of special importance on the second day of ITB China Conference this year. Co-hosted by TravelDaily China the Presentation Hub features experts both from China and abroad to share their ideas and knowledge on market hotspots in the industry. Destinations, organisations and travel service providers will find all the information they need. Full details of the Presentation Hub program are available at:

Trade visitors can register for ITB China 2018

About ITB Berlin and ITB Asia

First launched 51 years ago, ITB Berlin is recognized as the most successful trade show for the global travel industry. Some 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries regularly attend this event. Every year in October for the last ten years Messe Berlin has successfully organized ITB Asia in Singapore. Boasting 940 exhibitors from 113 countries, ITB Asia in Singapore has established itself as Asia’s Leading Travel Trade Show. As the second show in Asia, ITB China will take place in Shanghai, one of the leading industrial cities in the People’s Republic of China, and with a population of around 23 million one of world’s largest cities. In contrast to ITB Asia, which reflects tourism in Asia as a whole, ITB China focuses entirely on the Chinese travel market.

About ITB China and the ITB China Conference

ITB China 2018 will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 16 to 18 May, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre in Hall 1.ITB China is a three-day business to business travel trade fair that focuses exclusively on the Chinese travel industry. The ITB China Conference will take place parallel with the show and is co-organized by the leading conference organizer TravelDaily (

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Posted by: travelasiapress | August 1, 2016

Changi Airport introduces new interactive art to showcase Singapore

Changi’s first flip-dot walls and engaging photo spots delight travellers


SINGAPORE, 29 July 2016Passengers travelling through Changi Airport can now enjoy new interactive installations and visual treats across its three terminals. Jointly launched by Changi Airport Group (CAG) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the showcases are designed to engage, excite and encourage visitors to explore Singapore in and beyond the airport.

‘Make it Your Singapore’ showcase

The highlight of the new spaces is a contemporary digital wall designed to boost interaction with the use of motion-sensing technology. Travellers now have the perfect photo opportunity to bring home a memento at the new flip-dot wall in Terminal 2’s Departure Transit Lounge, where the interactive technology is being introduced at Changi Airport for the first time.

Located next to the Skytrain station near the F gates, the LED ‘Dots Portrait Wall’ allows passengers to bring home monochromatic portraits of themselves at different spots of Singapore, without having to step out of Changi Airport. When a passenger stands in front of the wall, motion is detected and the option to take a portrait is offered. Next, the passenger picks a backdrop and the portrait is superimposed on it. The entire creation then appears on the screen in a black and white flip-dot display, which can be sent to friends and family over email.

Iconic background options include Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park as well as Changi Airport’s control tower and Kinetic Rain art installation.


On the other side of the interactive screen is a ‘Motion Silhouette Wall’, which responds to movements in real time. Adopting the same motion-sensing technology, backdrops and patterns change as passengers in front of the wall move and interact with the animation.


Photo spots featuring well-loved Singapore icons

Across the terminals within the public and transit areas, airport visitors are also treated to other interesting photo opportunities.

Uniquely crafted cardboard art pieces depicting curated icons of Singapore and Changi Airport line selected luggage claim belts at each terminal. Featuring local places of interest such as the Singapore Flyer, the Sultan Mosque, the Supertrees and Flower Dome of Gardens by the Bay, these cardboard pieces are decorated with creative doodles and offer arriving passengers a glimpse of the attractions that await them on the island as they collect their luggage.


Departing passengers and airport visitors can also explore lively photo spots at Changi Airport showcasing Singapore’s colourful culture and unique attractions. The photo spots come with realistic murals, complete with interactive elements such as a boat ride along the perimeter of the River Safari. The memorable Changi trishaw makes a return to Terminal 1 (T1), this time against the cultural precincts of Chinatown and Joo Chiat. For airport visitors who find this a familiar sight, the trishaw display is reminiscent of the one that was present at the same spot when T1 opened in 1981. Many Singaporeans who grew up in the 1980s and the 1990s will have fond memories of having their photographs taken here.

These 3-D backdrops provide visitors with the perfect ‘instagrammable’ moment, making them wonderful souvenirs as they wrap up their visit to Singapore and Changi Airport.

These new showcases at Changi Airport are part of the two-year partnership between CAG and STB, aimed at boosting awareness and visitorship to Singapore and Changi Airport. The collaboration, which started in April 2015, has seen the launch of the enhanced Free Singapore Tour[1] that now boasts more interesting itineraries and increased frequencies. To strengthen Singapore’s global branding, both organisations have also embarked on several joint marketing campaigns which include the development of a content hub on CNN and the filming of MasterChef Asia at Changi Airport.

Mr Bernard Siew, CAG’s Vice President of Experience Creation, said, “We are excited to introduce to our visitors these interactive experiences at Changi Airport. These new variations are designed to engage their senses and create pleasant memories of their visit to Singapore and Changi Airport. To capture greater mindshare among tourists to this region, CAG and STB continue to work together to constantly refresh and promote the Singapore experience. We look forward to offering even more unique concepts to delight our travellers.”

“Changi Airport is an integral part of the Singapore experience and a perfect place for visitors to learn more about the breadth and depth of offerings they can enjoy in Singapore. We hope that these new installations will both inspire and entertain, and help to start and end a visit to Singapore in a more memorable way.  We will continue working with our industry partners to find new and innovative ways to amplify the Singapore experience,” said Ms Jacqueline Ng, Director, Marketing Partnerships & Planning, STB.

SINGAPORE, 19 FEBRUARY 2016 – The trade segment of Singapore Airshow 2016 concluded today on a positive note with exhibitors and trade visitors giving the thumbs up to the wide range of emerging opportunities, dialogues and technologies that were the main themes of this year’s event.

Key Highlights

Among them are the nearly 60 companies comprising the French pavilion, the largest French presence ever at an airshow outside of France, which include prime contractors, equipment manufacturers, small to medium enterprises, and maintenance specialists; as well as the more than 140 exhibitors who represented the United States of America.

“This edition of the Singapore Airshow has been an excellent success for all the members of GIFAS, and more particularly for our SMEs. The status of Feature Country has clearly given a deeper dimension to the relationship between our two industries which we are looking forward to grow further.” said Mr Vincent Gorry, Director, European and International Affairs, GIFAS.

The Philippines also made event history by participating as a country pavilion for the first time at the Singapore Airshow, and commemorated its debut by announcing deals with Airbus, Harris Corporation and Rolls-Royce.

“We first visited the show with our official delegates two years ago and saw that there would be potential.  This year, we felt that we are ready to introduce ourselves and offer our interest in partnerships with many of the aerospace companies,” said Glenn Peñaranda, Commercial Counsellor, Philippine Trade & Investment Centre, Embassy of the Philippines. “We are heartened to hear that people are looking forward to what the Philippines has to offer and have had very positive meetings with major players and even potential partners in this industry.”

Changing Nature of Business Deals

A total of 50 deals were made at Singapore Airshow 2016, representing an increase of 14% over 2014. These included 10 deals with a total value of US$12.3 billion, as well as 40 deals with undisclosed values announced by 20 companies. In line with changing business trends, and as the industry becomes more sophisticated and competitive, a growing proportion of the announcements and deals included undisclosed values. More deals were announced by LCCs and aircraft leasing companies compared to 2014. In addition, eight MOU signings were made compared to four in 2014 as industry stakeholders look to build future capabilities.

Key Highlights

Singapore Airshow 2016 saw close to 10% increase in trade visitors, as well as a nearly 5% increase in the number of VIP delegations. There was also an increase in the number of local companies exhibiting in the Singapore Pavilion, with 36 companies taking part this year, compared to 29 companies in 2014.

Emerging Opportunities

The wide array of opportunities at the Airshow spanned the commercial, defence, MRO, R&D and even manufacturing sectors. These opportunities not only emerged within industry sectors, but also from Asian countries and markets that displayed significant potential and were key focal areas for exhibitors and visitors. Industry heavyweights like GE Aviation announced new investments in new MRO facilities in Singapore, which includes establishing a new advanced technologies centre for R&D on repair applications, while Pratt & Whitney opened its first Singapore manufacturing facility on Monday, the only facility outside of the US to manufacture components for the company’s latest engine, the PurePower® engine.

Among the growing spectrum of MRO opportunities are the agreement signed by Airbus and SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) to form a joint venture based in Singapore. The joint venture company will provide airframe maintenance, cabin upgrade and modification services for Airbus A380, A350 and A330 aircraft to airlines in the Asia Pacific and beyond, and marks SIAEC’s first collaboration with a major aircraft manufacturer for airframe maintenance.

Singapore Airlines also appointed key suppliers for its fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft including Thales to provide the in-flight entertainment system and Ka-band connectivity, and 12-year deals with Moog for maintenance and inventory support of the OEM’s flight control products, and with UTC Aerospace Systems to supply asset management and repair services for the A350s.

Creating Opportunities for Future Generations

The inaugural Singapore Airshow Aero Campus (SAAC) was held on 18 and 19 February, which saw close to 3,000 secondary school and tertiary students, full time national servicemen and young working professionals visiting the show. A new initiative designed to foster deeper interest and provide insights about the industry, from exploring higher education to embarking on rewarding careers in the aviation field, the SAAC showcased the wide range of education and career development opportunities that are available in the aviation and aerospace sector in Singapore. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the exhibition and static aircraft display, watch the aerial display performances, and also participated in workshops where they gained valuable industry insights by speaking to exhibiting companies and educational institutions.

Emerging Dialogues

The Singapore Airshow offers a unique platform for thought leadership through its high-level conferences, forums, and co-located events, helping to shape the future agenda of the industry. The Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) 2016 brought together some 300 key stakeholders in aviation, including top government representatives, civil aviation authorities and senior executives of airlines, airline operators, aircraft manufacturers as well as the heads of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to exchange valuable insights, network and strengthen the nexus between governments and the aviation industry.

In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) concluded a milestone Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP) agreement on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow. This agreement allows for reciprocal acceptance of safety oversight requirements, as well as the mutual recognition of procedures for the approval and monitoring of aircraft maintenance organisations.

Emerging Technologies

The new Aerospace Emerging Technologies Zone and Emerging Technologies Business Forum were introduced at Singapore Airshow 2016, focusing on some of the key trends in aviation such as augmented reality and unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs). The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) also made significant announcements that focused on emerging technologies in the aviation space. CAAS signed an agreement with the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) to establish a joint laboratory to advance air traffic management (ATM) research and development (R&D), as well as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU with Airbus Helicopters to conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Proof-of-Concept Trials, named the Skyways Project, in Singapore. An agreement was also signed by CAAS with air traffic surveillance system supplier Aireon LLC to obtain and use space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data for the Singapore flight information region (FIR).

Looking to the Future

About 70% of exhibitors have already made reservations to participate at the next Singapore Airshow, with GMF from Indonesia, UAC from Russia and SAAB from Sweden among the exhibitors looking to increase their presence at Singapore Airshow 2018.

“We are heartened by the continued support and show of confidence from exhibitors and visitors for the Singapore Airshow as the global platform to tap into emerging opportunities, engage in emerging dialogues, and showcase emerging technologies in the fast growing Asia Pacific market,” said Mr Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events. “We are committed to creating carefully curated programme elements and are looking forward to delivering a 2018 edition that will further contribute to growing industry capabilities.”

Singapore Airshow 2018 will be held from 6 to 11 February at Changi Exhibition Centre.

SINGAPORE, 15 February 2016– The Singapore Airshow @SGAirshow, Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, takes flight at an opening ceremony and welcome reception tonight at Marina Bay Sands. Guest of Honour at the event, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of Singapore, officially opened Singapore Airshow 2016.

The Singapore Airshow, in its fifth edition, has evolved and expanded since its first edition to become a key platform to tap into emerging opportunities, engage in dialogues and showcase technologies. The event returns from 16 to 21 February 2016 with a renewed focus on driving global aerospace and defence industry trends and developments.

Singapore Airshow Aero Campus will provide insights into the wide range of education and career opportunities available in the aviation and aerospace industry

SINGAPORE, 14 February 2016– Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, today announced the launch of the inaugural Singapore Airshow Aero Campus (SAAC). A new initiative designed to foster deeper interest and provide insights about the industry, from exploring higher education to embarking on rewarding careers in the aviation field, the SAAC will be integrated into the Airshow’s traditional Education Day programmes, which will take place on 18 and 19 February 2016.

“Accounting for a quarter of the Asian Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) market, Singapore has become the leading aviation hub in Asia-Pacific today, and a skilled workforce will be essential to its continued development,” said Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events, organisers of the Singapore Airshow. “The Singapore Airshow Aero Campus offers a platform for stakeholders, including institutions of higher learning and companies spanning the wide spectrum of potential opportunities in the industry, to come together to inform and inspire the next generation of young Singaporean talent that will power the future growth of our aviation and aerospace sector.”

Experia Events, with the support of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS), is setting up the Singapore Airshow Aero Campus that will showcase the wide range of education and career development opportunities that are available in the aviation and aerospace sector in Singapore.

The Singapore Airshow Aero Campus is targeted at secondary and tertiary students, NSFs, fresh graduates and young professionals. There will be a host of activities where visitors will be able to experience the scale and scope of the aviation and aerospace sector through two different zones that will focus on learning, education and career prospects:

  • The Education Zone will allow students and young professionals considering a career in the industry to explore the variety of academic programmes offered by local and overseas institutions including polytechnics, universities and specialised schools
  • The Industry Zone has been specially created for companies to showcase the breadth and depth of their capabilities, and also for attendees to network and seek information on the job opportunities currently available in the industry

Participating educational institutions include: Air Transport Training College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Asia, German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia Pte Ltd, Kaplan Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, STEM Inc., Temasek Polytechnic and University of Glasgow – Singapore Institute of Technology.

Participating companies and organisations include: Airbus, Aviation Virtual Pte Ltd, Boeing Asia Pacific Aviation Services Pte Ltd, Certis Cisco Security Pte Ltd, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, JEP Precision Engineering Pte Ltd, Jet Aviation (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd, SIA Engineering Company Limited, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, Singapore Workforce Development Agency, Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd and UTC Aerospace Systems.


About Singapore Airshow

Singapore Airshow, a global marketplace and networking powerhouse for the world’s aviation community is a must-attend event in the international aerospace and defence calendar. Organised and managed by Experia Events, the biennial event is also a platform for high-level conferences dedicated to leading players in the global aviation industry with the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) as well as co-located events – the A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum and the Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC).

For more information,

About Experia Events Pte Ltd

Experia Events specialises in organising and managing exhibitions and conferences of strategic interest, fostering industry development and thought leadership. It has built a strong portfolio in aerospace and defence with the highly successful Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event, as well as key events such as IMDEX Asia, Asia Pacific’s flagship maritime defence show and Rotorcraft Asia, the premier dedicated event for the global civil helicopter industry. Experia Events’ expertise also extends to the government and lifestyle sectors, through key events such as the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.

With a proven track record underscoring its aspirations to stage events that influence, Experia Events aims to diversify its range of strategic events globally.

Posted by: travelasiapress | March 12, 2015

World’s Best Airport

World's Best Airport

World’s Best Airport

Posted by: travelasiapress | February 10, 2015

Changi Airport crosses 54-million passenger mark in 2014

photo courtesy of CAAS

Changi Airport crosses 54-million passenger mark in 2014

SINGAPORE, 29 January 2015 – Singapore Changi Airport managed 54.1 million passenger movements in 2014, the most in its 33-year history. This was a 0.7% increase compared to the whole of 2013. Cargo volumes were stable at 1.84 million tonnes while flight movements dipped 0.7% to 341,390 for the year.

Changi Airport’s busiest day last year was the Saturday before Christmas (20 December 2014), with 186,500 passengers passing through during the 24 hours. The airport ended the year by handling a total of 5.09 million passenger movements (-0.7% on-year), 158,600 tonnes of cargo (+1.4%) as well as 29,710 landings and takeoffs (-3.9%) in the month of December. The monthly breakdown for passenger, airfreight and aircraft movements at Changi Airport in 2014 is in Annex A.

Travel to and from Thailand and China continued to show signs of recovery, registering a year-on-year increase of 6.6% and 1.0% respectively in December 2014, the third consecutive month of passenger traffic growth for both countries. In Thailand’s case, seat capacities and flight frequencies to Bangkok have also been restored to end-2013 levels, before travel to the country was impacted by the political situation.

Resilience in a challenging environment
Despite overcapacity issues and depressed yields facing the aviation industry in the region, passenger traffic at Changi Airport grew, albeit at a more moderated rate compared to previous years. While traffic to the South Asia and Northeast Asia regions rose 6.0% and 4.0% respectively, this was offset by weaker performance on European and Southeast Asian routes.

Accounting for more than 7.5 million passengers in 2014, Indonesia continued to be the airport’s top country market, followed by Malaysia, Australia, Thailand and China. In terms of Changi’s busiest routes, the top 10 destinations remained unchanged with Jakarta, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila taking the top five spots (see Annex B). For the second year in a row, Denpasar-Bali was the fastest growing among the top 10 routes, enjoying a robust 15.7% growth on-year.

Changi Airport welcomed six new carriers in 2014. The arrival of MIAT Mongolian Airlines and Uzbekistan Airways enhanced Changi’s connectivity to Central Asia, with the launch of new services to Ulaanbaatar and Tashkent respectively. Jetstar Pacific, Malindo Air, Tigerair Taiwan and VietJet rounded up the list of new additions to Changi’s family of airlines.

Besides the new links to Mongolia and Uzbekistan, Changi Airport also added new services to Lanzhou and Xi’an in China, Okinawa in Japan, Seattle in the United States and Phu Quoc in Vietnam, bringing the total number of new destinations in 2014 to seven.

Stable cargo volumes
Changi Airport’s total cargo throughput for 2014 increased 0.3% compared to a year ago, as higher imports and exports offset lower transshipment volumes. Airfreight shipments between Singapore and Japan rose 7.5% on-year, boosted by the commencement of a new Okinawa-Singapore freighter service operated by ANA Cargo. Two of Singapore’s key trade partners – Australia and China – also exhibited positive growth of 5.7% and 1.3% respectively.

During the year, Changi Airport also enhanced its reputation as a trusted transhipment hub for temperature-sensitive cargo when SATS Coolport received the world’s first ‘Centre of Excellence in Pharmaceutical Handling’ certification by IATA.

Enhanced support for airline partners
Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer, Changi Airport Group (CAG) said, “2014 was a challenging year for the aviation industry, especially in Southeast Asia. Several unforeseen events depressed travel demand, creating a difficult operating environment for many airlines in the region. CAG responded quickly to the external situation, by introducing the Growth and Assistance Incentive (GAIN) programme to provide temporary cost relief for our airline partners as well as to encourage them to collaborate with us to explore new ideas to stimulate passenger traffic or boost operational efficiency at Changi Airport.

“The spirit of innovation that has driven our development plans for Jewel Changi Airport and Terminal 4 will continue to underpin our strategy to anchor Changi Airport’s position as a world-class destination for all our passengers to enjoy.

“We are hopeful that 2015 will be a better year for aviation in the region. Travel demand is recovering steadily for markets like Thailand and China. Lower fuel costs will also help to alleviate cost pressures for airlines. The new year has started on a positive note for Changi Airport, with Air New Zealand commencing its services to Singapore on 6 January. As we announce more new airlines and destinations in the coming months, we stand ready to work with our airline and industry partners to capture growth opportunities and strengthen Changi Airport’s air hub position.”

Another 24 Best Airport Awards
Changi Airport continued to be viewed favourably among travellers when it was voted the World’s Best Airport for the second consecutive year at the 2014 Skytrax World Airport Awards, an honour that Changi has now achieved five times. In total, Changi received 24 best airport awards during the year, including Business Traveller’s Best Airport in the World award for the 27th year running. The full list of accolades received in 2014 is available at

In recognition of its excellence in route and network development, CAG was honoured by airline representatives with the Routes Airline Marketing Award in the ‘Over 50 million passengers’ category, at the 2014 World Routes Conference. CAG was also recognised for ‘Best Overall Use of Social Media’ by Travel + Leisure Magazine and ‘Best Social Media Presence – Airport’ by in 2014.

Posted by: travelasiapress | February 10, 2015

Changi Airport’s ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2014 Grand Draw

photo courtesy of CAAS

Mr Seiichiro Oiyama, 34-year-old Japanese civil engineer working in Singapore struck a windfall of S$1 million at Changi Airport

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