Changi Airport Group (CAG) today celebrated the crossing of yet another milestone in Changi Airport’s history, recording 60 million passenger movements in 2017, a first in a calendar year.
Changi Airport Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lee Seow Hiang said, “We commemorate an important milestone in 2017 with record passenger traffic of more than 60 million. 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 grow the Changi air hub to what it is today. It was only in 2012 that we marked our 50 million milestone. Five years on, we have increased annual traffic by 20 per cent or 10 million.
“We share this achievement with our airline partners who have shown their strong support for Changi Airport, adding capacity to their Singapore routes and expanding connectivity from Changi. We will continue to work closely with them to grow their business and operations in Singapore.
“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, and contribute to Singapore’s economic success in the long run.”
Scoot’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Ng Chee Keong said, “Incepted in November 2011 as the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines, Scoot’s network has expanded rapidly to over 60 destinations spanning 17 countries. This year alone, we launched five new destinations, three of which – Athens, Harbin and Honolulu – are new passenger links from Changi Airport. We also plan to add Kuantan and Berlin to our network next year. Scoot congratulates Changi Airport Group (CAG) and we commit to working alongside our strategic partners such as CAG to progress our network to boost Singapore as a hub of choice.”
With more than 60 million passengers now passing through Changi Airport yearly, the aviation sector will continue to be a key contributor to Singapore’s economy. It provides more than 160,000 jobs, and contributes 6 percent of Singapore’s GDP. The steady growth in aviation is expected to continue, with Asia as the centre of aviation growth in the next 20 years.
Since Changi Airport’s opening in 1981, passenger traffic has increased steadily in the last 36 years. By 1986, Changi was already serving more than 10 million passengers per annum (mppa), and this increased to 20 mppa in 1994, 30 mppa in 2004, 40 mppa in 2010 and 50 mppa in 2012. In April this year, the airport recorded its 1 billionth passenger since opening.