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Changi Airport Serves 15.3m Passengers in Q3 2023

Singapore Changi Airport has published its Q3 2023 key operating indicators revealing 15.3 million passengers traveled through Changi in the third quarter of this year.

Singapore Changi Airport served 15.3 million passengers in Q3 2023. Source: Changi Airport Group
Singapore Changi Airport served 15.3 million passengers in Q3 2023. Source: Changi Airport Group
  • Changi handled 4.87 million passenger movements in September 2023. This was 89% of the passenger movements in September 2019.
  • Regarding aircraft movements, the airport recorded 27,800 landings and take-offs, about 89% of the September 2019 level. Airfreight throughput was 154,000 tonnes for the month. This is on par with the same month last year.
  • Changi Airport saw 15.3 million passenger movements in the third quarter from July to September. That is 89% of what Changi registered in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Aircraft movements reached 85,600, representing 89% of the same period in 2019.

Changi Airport’s Top Markets Q3 2023

During the quarter, Changi Airport experienced increased travel from its top five markets, which were Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. China specifically saw a significant rise in travelers, as it became one of Changi’s top five markets. The airport attributes the increase to the surge in travel during China’s two-month summer holiday in July and August and the resumption of the 15-day visa-free policy for Singapore citizens traveling to China since July.

Mr. Lim Ching Kiat, Changi Airport Group’s Executive Vice President for Air Hub and Cargo Development, said, “Passenger traffic at Changi Airport continues to recover steadily across our key markets. In particular, traffic to and from China saw a surge in August, with half a million travelers handled that month, more than seven times the traffic in January 2023 when China’s borders first reopened. As we move towards 2024, we will continue to work with airlines to reinstate more city links and strengthen capacity on existing routes to further strengthen Changi Airport’s connectivity to the rest of the world.”

China Eastern Airlines inaugurated services between Singapore Changi Airport and Beijing Daxing Airport on 20 July 2023, establishing Changi’s first link to Beijing Daxing Airport. In April 2024, Singapore Airlines will commence passenger flights between Singapore and Brussels, bringing the total number of Changi’s passenger city links to Europe to 16.

As of 1 October, Changi Airport is served by 94 airlines, operating over 6,400 weekly scheduled flights. It connects Singapore to 151 cities in 49 countries and territories worldwide.

Air Freight at Changi Airport

From July to September 2023, the total airfreight throughput was 451,000 tonnes, showing a 4% decline compared to the same period last year. During the quarter, the softening in air cargo demand gradually eased, primarily driven by improvements in transshipment volumes. Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, and the United States of America were the top five air cargo markets1 for Changi. It is worth noting that air cargo traffic with India experienced a significant growth of 21% compared to the corresponding period last year.

Changi Airport’s full traffic statistics are available at http://www.changiairport.com/corporate/our-expertise/air-hub/traffic-statistics.html.

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