Africa: the next growth frontier: Singapore Changi Airport continues to break new ground.


Singapore Changi Airport registered a strong performance in 2013 with a new record of 53.7 million passenger movements, making it the worlds 6th largest airport by international passenger movements. Reaffirming Singapore's position as a dynamic business hub and tourist destination, visitor arrivals into Singapore also surpassed the preceding year with 15.6 international million visitors. On the cargo front, 1.85 million tonnes of cargo were handled for the year.

Singapore Changi Airport was also named the World's Best Airport at the 2013 Skytrax World Airport Awards, an honour that Changi has achieved four times. This accolade highlights another year of excellence during which Changi received a total of 30 awards including Business Traveller's Best Airport in the World award for the 26th year running.

For the past year, Changi Airport enhanced its global network with the addition of seven new Chinese city links (Guilin, Jinan, Lijiang, Nanchang, Nanning, Ningbo and Wuxi), bringing the total to 31 and accentuating its position as the most connected Southeast Asian air hub to China. Besides the new Chinese cities, Changi's connectivity was also enhanced with the launch of new services to Mandalay in Myanmar, Kalibo in the Philippines and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. As at 1 July 2014, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to 300 cities in 74 countries and territories worldwide.

Changi Airport's passenger traffic growth in 2013 was driven by strong travel demand within the Asia Pacific region. As the premier gateway to Asia Pacific, traffic to Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia, which accounts for close to 70% of Changi Airport's total, rose 8.2% and 7.0% respectively. Indonesia continues to be Changi's top country market, with more than 7.4 million passengers passing through during the year, an 8.8% increase. Jakarta again topped the list of Changi Airport's busiest routes followed by Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Manila.


On 3 December 2013, Changi Airport welcomed its first East African carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's fastest-growing and most profitable airline. The new Addis Ababa to Singapore service via Bangkok marks a significant milestone as it builds a new air bridge between Africa and Asia Pacific. Singapore and Ethiopia can be gateways for each other into their respective hinterlands.

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