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Changi Airport Records 51 Million Passengers In 2012

The Changi Airport in Singapore, one of the world’s busiest and most luxurious airports in the world, recorded a total of 51 million passengers for 2012 beating its record in 2011 and marking a 10 percent increase from the previous year.

For the month of December last year, a total of 5 million passengers were noted, recording an 8.6 per cent increase year-on-year. On December 22 alone, a daily record of 180,400 passengers passed through Changi Airport within 24 hours.

Last year, flight movements also grew by 7.6 percent, with a total of 325,000. The airport’s busiest routes covered Jakarta, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila.

The airport is set to expand its aircraft handling capacity to about 40 percent to give way for more aircraft movements and maintain its competitiveness.

In order to increase Changi Airport’s capacity, the authorities will be looking at increasing air traffic management and runway availability. The airport with revamping its Budget Terminal to reopen as Terminal 4. In addition to this, Changi Airport will also be improving collaboration with the airport’s stakeholders. Among other things, the airport is considering reducing the duration of scheduled runway closures through leveraging on IT systems to optimise runway inspection processes. It will also attempt to reduce the separation between aircraft, in order to free up the airport’s runways for the next aircraft as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the airport is also planning to strengthen links to emerging markets like Russia and Africa. The airport’s connectivity to secondary cities like Gold Coast and Padang in Indonesia has given the airport and edge over other regional air hubs like Incheon International Airport.

For the year, the Changi airport also achieved a net profit after tax of S$ 553 million, an improvement of 64.1 percent compared to 2010-2011.

The Changi International Airport is a major air hub in Asia. It is one of the world’s busiest international airports. It serves about 100 airlines flying to more than 220 cities in over 60 countries and territories worldwide.