Changi's monthly passenger traffic crosses one million for the first time in two years

Apr 2022

By Claudia Wong


Changi Airport handled 1.14 million passenger movements in March 2022, crossing the one-million mark for the first time since March 2020 when 1.6 million passenger movements were registered. This was 20.3% of March 2019’s traffic. Aircraft movements in March 2022 totalled 13,200 landings and takeoffs, while airfreight throughput registered 152,000 tonnes. 

For the first quarter of this year, aircraft movements reached 36,200 with 2.56 million passenger movements registered, which is 15.6% of pre-Covid-19 levels. Europe registered 426,000 passenger movements while the Americas clocked 122,000 movements, bringing the tally to 33.9% and 52.7% of pre-Covid-19 levels respectively.

For the quarter, the top five passenger markets were Australia, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, while Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta and London made up the top five city links.   

Airfreight movements totalled 458,000 tonnes during the first three months of 2022 to reach 93% of pre-Covid-19 levels. Supply chain disruptions arising from the Covid-19 situation in Changi’s key cargo markets as well as geopolitical tensions impacted air cargo traffic, especially in March. The top five air cargo markets for the quarter were China, Australia, Hong Kong, United States of America and Japan. 

 Mr. Lim Ching Kiat, Changi Airport Group’s Managing Director for Air Hub Development said, “The further relaxation of travel restrictions since the beginning of April is a positive development for the Changi air hub and we are encouraged by the continued uptick in passenger traffic. The re-opening of travel gives airlines the confidence to launch new routes and restart services. We continue to work closely with our trade partners to stimulate travel and support them in rebuilding Changi’s connectivity.”  


New and reinstated services

The Air New Zealand crew at Changi Airport 


In the first quarter of the year, six airlines reinstated their passenger flights at Changi Airport – Air New Zealand (to Auckland), Philippines AirAsia (Manila), Thai AirAsia (Bangkok), United Airlines (San Francisco), VietJet Air (Ho Chi Minh City), and Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City).  

In February, Changi welcomed HK Express to its family of airlines, operating services to Hong Kong. Two new airlines, Bamboo Airways (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) and Thai VietJet (Bangkok and Phuket) are expected to commence services before the end of April.


Aircalin’s flight to New Caledonia is the newest vacation destination for Singapore residents


In June 2022, Vietnam Airlines will operate to two new cities – Phu Quoc and Nha Trang while Aircalin will launch services to Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, on 1 July 2022.  

As at 1 April 2022, 81 airlines operate over 2,800 weekly scheduled flights at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to 121 cities in 47 countries and territories worldwide. 

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