SINGAPORE (Nov 1): In September, Changi Airport registered a 7.5% y-o-y increase in passenger movements to 4.93 million.

Passenger traffic for Sept was boosted by growth across all regions, with traffic to and from South Asia rising 13%, the sixth month of consecutive double-digit growth.

For the first three quarters of 2017, passenger traffic rose 5.9% to 46.0 million, supported by growth across all regions.

Concurrently, airfreight throughput in Sept also saw a 9.8% increase to 183,560 tonnes, while aircraft movements rose 4.0% to 30,490 landings and takeoffs.

In the nine months to Sept, airfreight throughput was shipped through Changi saw an 8.1% y-o-y increase to 1.56 tonnes, while aircraft movements were 3.4% higher at 277,370 landings and takeoffs.

As at Oct 1, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 380 cities in about 90 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 7,000 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds.

Changi Airport also come up top in the Over 50 Million Passengers category in this year’s World Routes Marketing Awards.

Meanwhile, Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 (T4) officially opened yesterday.

See: 9 airlines relocating to Changi T4 after operations commence on Oct 31

Nine airlines – Cathay Pacific Airways, Korean Air, Cebu Pacific Air, Spring Airlines, Vietnam Air and four of AirAsia Group’s airlines – will be relocating its operations over to the new terminal within this week.

Tan Lye Teck, executive vice president for airport management of Changi Airport Group says, “The new terminal will increase Changi Airport’s capacity by another 16 million passenger movements per annum (mppa), bringing the total to 82 mppa. T4 is expected to handle about eight million passenger movements in its first year of operation. More importantly, we are now able to deliver an even better travel experience to Changi's passengers.”