Changi airport looks at positive air freight growth in 2017

Singapore Changi Airport registered a strong performance in 2017, handling a record 62.2 million passenger movements (+6.0%) for the year with 373,200 landings and take-offs (+3.5%). Airfreight throughput also grew by 7.9%, crossing the 2-million tonne mark for the first time, to reach 2.13 million tonnes for the year.

Growth was observed for airfreight throughput across imports (+8%), exports (+14%) and transshipments (+4%). The top five country markets for airfreight were China, Australia, Hong Kong, the United States and India.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) formalised the Pharma@Changi initiative in October 2017, together with nine other partners from across each node of the supply chain. Under this initiative, the companies will jointly pursue the best standards in pharmaceuticals handling, and will promote Singapore Changi Airport as a trusted and reliable pharmaceuticals air cargo hub in the region. Earlier in the year, Changi Airport also became the first airport community in Asia Pacific to attain the IATA CEIV Pharma certification.

The opening of SATS’ new eCommerce AirHub in April also enhances Changi’s eCommerce mail sorting capability to support the growing eCommerce market with its state-of-the art automated airside eCommerce mail sortation facility.