LONDON – According to data from RadarBox.com, Singapore Changi Airport’s movement statistics have increased by 130% compared to the same period last year.
In the last 12 months, the airport has made some strong gains to try and achieve its pre-pandemic operating numbers, especially as quarantine rules have eased in Singapore.
Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…
For October 29-November 5, the airport handled 773 movements, which is an increase of 130.75% compared to the same period last year, when only 335 movements were handled.
That makes the airport 260 movements short of pre-pandemic levels but represents a huge jump in traffic over the last 12 months. If that rate continues into 2023, then recovery can be predicted by that time.
Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data:
|Date||2019 Numbers||2021 Numbers||2022 Numbers||Percentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)|
|October 1-8||1010 movements||311 movements||681 movements||+118.97%|
|October 8-15||1020 movements||321 movements||700 movements||+118.07%|
|October 15-22||1022 movements||332 movements||703 movements||+111.75%|
|October 21-29||1039 movements||332 movements||714 movements||+115.06%|
What we can see from the last four weeks’ worth of data is that the airport has experienced triple-digit growth, which represents a solid effort toward the recovery process.
Highlights: Terminal 2 Reopening…
One of the major factors that we will see in data later down the line is the airport’s reopening of Terminal 2 in the middle of last month.
This reopening marks the latest step by CAG to support travel recovery. The additional capacity provided will help airlines to grow their business ahead of demand in the lead-up to the year-end travel peak.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) flights SQ104, bound for Kuala Lumpur, and SQ706, flying to Bangkok, were the first flights to depart from T2. A total of 17 SIA flights bound for Malaysia and Thailand took off from T2 on that day, followed by the rest of SIA’s South East Asian destinations on Thursday, 13 October.
As of Tuesday, 18 October, Air India (AI) and Air India Express (IX) will also move to T2 to start operations. The list of other airlines using T2 will be announced subsequently.
Mr. Tan Lye Teck, CAG’s Executive Vice President of Airport Management, said, “The reopening of T2 for departure operations is another important chapter in Changi Airport’s reopening story, as it marks the airport’s progressive return to four-terminal operations.”
“Changi has been through a lot over the past two-plus years, and we are happy to welcome more passengers back. We wish to thank travelers for their patience and understanding.”
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the whole airport community for working together with us on this journey and for their resilience and contributions to Changi.”
It remains clear that Changi Airport could be on its way to a meteoric recovery and potentially a meteoric rise within the next couple of years, especially as traffic continues to rebound moving forward.