Ching Kiat speaking to airline partners at the conference
Mr Lim Ching Kiat, Managing Director, Air Hub Development in CAG, shared that in 2021, the air cargo industry continued to face air cargo capacity shortage and supply chain disruptions due to the slow recovery of international passenger flights amid the Covid-19 pandemic. There was also global widespread labour shortage across the industry of warehouse workers and truck drivers. These posed significant challenges to the air cargo community at Changi. Restoring our air cargo connectivity and building long-term sustainable competitive advantages were paramount to the Changi air cargo hub.
CAG was hence relentless in maintaining its extensive cargo network. For the past year, CAG continued to work closely with our airline partners to expand their freighter operations and extend passenger freighter flights. As a result, Changi Airport welcomed two new freighter operators - SpiceJet from India and Tasman Cargo Airlines from Tasmania in the year.
Global express integrators DHL Express and FedEx Express deepened and widened their intercontinental network at Changi. In Northern Summer 2021, DHL Express bolstered its flight network with over 40 weekly incremental flights to service growing express demand between Asia Pacific and USA, as well as Europe via South Asia. DHL Express had also made strong contributions towards the Covid-19 vaccines delivery to Singapore and via Singapore into the region.
The above efforts saw Changi’s total weekly cargo flights in December 2021 more than doubling against 2019 levels. During the same period, weekly freighter flights increased by 83%. As a result, Changi’s total air cargo throughput recorded an improvement of 1.95 million tonnes in 2021, which was 97% of 2019’s air cargo throughput and 26% higher than 2020’s. Air trades, composing of air imports and exports, exceeded 2019 levels by about 9%.
The event ended with a prize presentation to appreciate top airline partners for their contributions in 2021, towards the restoration of Changi’s air cargo network.