Changi Airport January traffic boosted by Chinese New Year

SINGAPORE. Singapore Changi Airport opened the year on a strong note, with 4.24 million passengers passing through the airport in January 2012.

Apart from December 2011, this is the highest number of passenger movements Changi has handled in a month, representing an increase of +12.1% over the same month last year.

Travel demand in January was boosted by the Lunar New Year holiday which was spread over a long weekend (the Lunar New Year holiday was in February last year). Demand was strongest on Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia and Middle East routes. Each of these regions registered double-digit growth year-on-year.

For the month, the top five routes were Jakarta, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila, which collectively accounted for close to one-third of passenger traffic.

Changi Airport said that it has become the preferred hub in the region for premium travellers, with one in every ten passengers travelling on first or business class.

As at 1 February 2012, Changi Airport is connected to some 210 cities in 60 countries and territories, and serves over 100 airlines operating more than 6,100 weekly flights.

Food & beverage offer gets a boost

Several new dining outlets were added to Terminals 2 and 3 during the month. In the transit areas, Chinta Manis, offering nonya cuisine, has opened a stall in T2, while T3 saw the addition of various cafés such as Kaffe and Toast, Boost Juice, Pitch and Chips, and Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert, as well as M&Ms.

In the T3 public area, several food & beverage stores have started operations on the newly reopened Level 3, including Thai Express, Gurney Drive and Itacho Sushi.

T3 Basement 2 also welcomed two new stores – Expressoul Café and Planet Toy.

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