July was a good month for Changi Airport. In addition to celebrating its 30th birthday, the Singapore-based airport transported 160,000 tonnes of cargo, a 1.2-percent increase from July 2010.
Freight movements weren’t the only numbers up in July, however. Changi Airport handled 1.07 million tonnes of cargo in the first seven months of 2011, a 3-percent jump from 2010. Albert Lim, vice president of cargo and logistics development at Changi Airport, attributes much of this increase to the surge in intra-Asian trade.
Nations like China, Hong Kong and Thailand have posted considerable cargo growth in recent years, and Changi has addressed this development by spearheading initiatives such as the Coolport perishables handling center and the Singapore Freeport high-tech storage facility. Changi Airport is also eyeing expansion, Lim revealed.
“As Asia grows, we’re also looking to grow our all-cargo networks,” he said. “The airport views cargo as an important pillar of our air hub [strategy.] After all, we are well-connected to major cargo airports around the world.”
Not that the airport negates the importance of passenger traffic. Changi Airport also saw a marked increase in passenger volumes in July, rising 13.6 percent from July 2010.
Aircraft movements rose significantly as well, surging 14.7 percent year-over-year to a total of 25,908 flights. Changi Airport officials credit much of this gain to the proliferation of low-cost carriers, which led the growth with a 27.8-percent year-over-year increase in this category.
July also brought the introduction of Batavia Air to Changi. Now flying to the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province three times a week, the addition of this route brings the total number of airlines served by Changi Airport to 100.