SINGAPORE—Singapore’s Changi Airport handled 4.42 million passengers in September, a 3.9 percent increase year-on-year, according to Changi Airport Group (CAG).
In its latest figures released Thursday, CAG said aircraft landings and takeoffs also grew 5.3 percent to 28,460.
On the cargo front, 155,100 tons of airfreight were processed last month, 4.9 percent higher compared to last year’s figures.
CAG said Changi Airport registered 14.3 million passenger traffic movements during the third quarter, a growth of 5.8 percent compared with the corresponding quarter last year.
Boosted by an increase in passengers travelling with low-cost carriers following a period of depressed demand, this represents the highest ever traffic Changi has achieved in a quarter.
For the quarter, traffic was positive for nine of Changi Airport’s top 10 country markets with China registering the strongest growth of 14.9 percent year-on-year.
However, passenger movements between Singapore and Indonesia declined 0.4 percent even as Indonesia remained Changi’s top market for the period, followed by Malaysia, China, Australia and Thailand.
In the first nine months of the year, CAG said 40.9 million passengers travelled through the airport, 2.1 percent more than the same period a year ago.
Aircraft movements also increased 0.8 percent to 257,370 while cargo shipments held steady at 1.37 million for the year to date.
Jakarta continued to top the list of Changi Airport’s busiest routes so far this year, followed closely by Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Manila.
Traffic between Singapore and Bangkok has registered growth of more than 20 percent year-to-date, the highest among Changi’s top 20 destinations.
As of Oct. 1, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 320 cities in about 80 countries and territories.
With more than 6,700 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds.