Changi handled 32.2m pax in 2022 reaching almost half of pre-covid levels

By Faye Bartle |

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Singapore Changi Airport.

Singapore Changi Airport handled 32.2 million passenger movements in 2022, reaching almost half (47.2%) of the traffic seen at the hub in 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Aircraft movements (include landings and takeoffs) totalled 219,000, 57.2% of 2019 levels.

Across the year, all regions registered strong recovery in passenger traffic, says Changi, with North America slightly exceeding pre-Covid levels on a full-year basis.

Southwest Pacific, South Asia, and Europe each reached two-thirds of 2019 traffic.

Southeast Asia has also seen a ‘robust pickup in traffic’ following the region’s reopening, closing out the year on a high of two million passenger movements in December 2022, representing over three-quarters of the region’s December 2019 traffic.

Changi Airport’s top five passenger markets for 2022 were, in order (by passenger traffic): Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Thailand.

Similar to 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Jakarta were Changi Airport’s three busiest routes in 2022.

“In the past two years, we strengthened our airport offerings and continued to engage our airline partners in anticipation of travel revival,” said Lim Ching Kiat, Executive Vice President of Air Hub and Cargo Development, Changi Airport Group (CAG).

“Changi Airport community’s efforts have paid off – the airport is now leading the Asia Pacific region in travel recovery.

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“The re-opening of Terminals 2 and 4 has helped restore airport capacity to cater to the strong travel demand.

“We look forward to welcoming more flights in the coming months, for example, Ethiopian Airlines will commence flights from Addis Ababa in March.

“Notwithstanding near-term challenges such as global economic uncertainty and inflationary pressures, we are confident that we will be able to progressively restore Changi Airport’s connectivity and traffic to pre-Covid levels.”

Zooming in on December 2022 traffic at Changi

Passenger traffic at Changi continued to grow throughout 2022, reaching a high in December with 4.62 million passenger movements recorded – representing 72% of Changi Airport’s traffic in December 2019.

The busiest week of the year (12-18 December) saw more than 1.07 million passengers passing through Changi’s terminals – that’s 82% of the weekly average in 2019.

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Among Changi’s top 10 markets, South Korea saw passenger traffic grow beyond pre-covid levels during the month, driven in part by additional capacity from Changi’s airline partners, including new airlines T’way Air and Air Premia on the Singapore-Seoul route, and Scoot flying the new Singapore-Jeju route.

New airlines and city links enhance connectivity

Changi Airport welcomed eight new airlines last year – seven of which are passenger airlines: Aircalin, Bamboo Airways, Cambodia Airways, Citilink, HK Express, Thai Vietjet Air and T’way Air.

Four new passenger city links were established: Jeju (South Korea), Nouméa (New Caledonia), Pune (India) and Sibu (Malaysia).

As of the first week of January 2023, 96 airlines operate over 5,600 weekly scheduled flights at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to 143 cities in 48 countries and territories worldwide. This is 82% of Changi’s pre-Covid connectivity.

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