Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) has celebrated surpassing the 60 million passenger milestone for 2017. A celebratory event was held in the transit area of Terminal 2 with passengers on Scoot flight TR7 from Gold Coast, Australia, which was identified to be carrying the 60 millionth passenger.
Prizes were awarded to six lucky passengers on board TR7, who participated in a quiz game upon arrival in Changi Airport. These prizes were selected from Changi’s wide range of retail offerings, including the likes of Apple, La Prairie and Omega, and the winners also each received a pair of roundtrip tickets to selected Scoot destinations. The flight’s passengers were treated to a buffet spread and received goodie bags.
Lee Seow Hiang, CEO, Changi Airport Group, said, “We commemorate an important milestone in 2017 with record passenger traffic of more than 60 million. It is a proud moment for all of us in the airport community and is the result of years of hard work and dedication to grow the Changi air hub to what it is today. It was only in 2012 that we marked our 50 million milestone. Five years on, we have increased annual traffic by 20%, or 10 million.
“We share this achievement with our airline partners who have shown their strong support for Changi Airport, adding capacity to their Singapore routes and expanding connectivity from Changi. We will continue to work closely with them to grow their business and operations in Singapore.
“With the new Terminal 4, and our upcoming development projects such as the expansion of Terminal 1, the Changi East project as well as a new passenger terminal at Seletar Airport, we are ensuring that our country’s airports continue to have sufficient capacity to meet the region’s demand for air travel in the decades ahead, and contribute to Singapore’s economic success in the long run.”
For November, Changi Airport registered 5.17 million passenger movements, an 8.1% year-on-year growth. There was a 10.7% increase in airfreight throughput to 191,680 tons, while aircraft movements rose 4.8% to 31,140 landings and take-offs.
As of December 1, 2017, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 380 cities in about 90 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 7,000 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi approximately once every 90 seconds.