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Changi Airport reports August cargo decline

By Hpanchal on September 22, 2011

August freight volumes dropped slightly for Singapore Changi Airport, with the airport handling 153,000 tonnes of cargo. A 0.9-percent, year-over-year, decline, Changi officials attribute this loss to a marked decrease in import and export traffic.

Despite these numbers, August brought increased cargo capacity to Changi Airport. Singapore Airlines Cargo upped its number of weekly flights between Singapore and Xiamen, China, from three to five and increased its frequency to Shanghai from seven to eight weekly flights.

What’s more, cargo numbers are up overall for Singapore Changi Airport, officials contend. In fact, the airport handled 1.22 million tonnes of freight in the first eight months of 2011, a 2.5-percent surge from the same period in 2010.

Transshipments have also risen considerably, increasing 7 percent, year-over-year in August, Changi officials revealed. Unfortunately, they said, the decreased import and export volumes offset these gains.

What Changi Airport lost in cargo volumes was gained in passenger traffic, however. Aircraft movements increased significantly in August, surging 14.9 percent to 25,700 flights. The airport also welcomed 3.86 million passengers in the month in question, an 11-percent, year-over-year surge.

Changi Airport officials credit much of the increased traffic to the proliferation of low-cost carriers and heightened passenger volumes from Northeast and Southeast Asia. And they expect traffic to grow even more with the recent launches of thrice-weekly Jetstar service between Singapore and Ningbo, China, and the introduction of IndiGo Airlines to Changi Airport.

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