Singapore’s Changi back to 50% of pre-pandemic traffic


Singapore Changi Airport handled 2.93 million passenger movements in June 2022, reaching 50.3% of its pre-Covid traffic in June 2019. Aircraft movements, including both landings and takeoffs, totalled 18,400 (58.6% compared to June 2019), while airfreight throughput registered 163,000 tonnes for the month, a 1.4% increase year-on-year.

On a quarterly basis, the airport registered total passenger traffic of 7.33 million from April to June 2022, which is 43.6% of pre-Covid levels and 14 times compared to the same period last year. Aircraft movements clocked 50,500 in the same period, reaching 53.5% of pre-Covid levels (96.8% year-on-year). Passenger traffic to and from the Americas rebounded strongly to exceed pre-pandemic levels by 7.13%, supported by the addition of flights to Canada since December 2021. Europe, Oceania and South Asia also saw strong recovery during the quarter, with passenger movements crossing 60% of levels registered during the April-June 2019 quarter.

For the second quarter of the year, airfreight movements totalled 469,000 tonnes, a slight year-on-year decline of 1.4%. Supply chain disruptions arising from Covid-19 lockdowns in China as well as geopolitical tensions impacted air cargo traffic, particularly during the months of April and May. The top five air cargo markets for the quarter were China, Hong Kong, Australia, United States of America and Japan.

Mr. Lim Ching Kiat, Changi Airport Group’s Managing Director for Air Hub Development said, “We are encouraged by the steady increase in passenger traffic as it is a sign that we are getting back on the trajectory of growth towards pre-pandemic levels. The reopening of Terminal 4 and partial opening of Terminal 2 will give us the capacity to support our airline partners’ efforts in restarting services and launching new routes, which are critical for us to capture post-pandemic demand for air travel.”

As at 1 July 2022, 85 airlines operate over 4,400 weekly scheduled flights at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 130 cities in 46 countries and territories worldwide.

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