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Good growth for Changi Airport in first half of 2007


Good Growth for Changi Airport in First Half of 2007
Changi Airport has registered good growth in both passenger traffic and connectivity in the first half of 2007.
More than 17.7 million passengers went through Changi Airport in the first six months of the year, representing a 5.4% increase over the same period last year.
Today, Changi Airport is served by 79 airlines via 4,180 weekly scheduled flights to 185 cities in 59 countries.
In March and June 2007, monthly passenger traffic crossed the 3 million mark, with some 3.1 million passenger movements registered in each month. June, which coincides with the school holidays, saw more than 100,000 passengers at Changi Airport almost daily.
On top of passenger traffic growth, connectivity at Changi Airport has also improved in the past six months.
Five new cities have joined Changi Airport¨s growing network, namely Udon Thani in Thailand, Tiruchirapally in India, Atlanta in the United States, Nairobi in Kenya and Budapest in Hungary. Hungary and Kenya are also new country links for Changi Airport.
Mr Lim Kim Choon, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said, "Last year, Changi Airport handled a record 35.03 million passengers. With the steady growth of passengers through Changi Airport in the first six months this year, we look forward to setting new records for passenger traffic in 2007."
On Changi Airport's growing connectivity, Mr Lim said, "The new city links bear testament to Singapore's growing connectivity and strengthening position as an air hub. Later this year, we also look forward to welcoming new carriers such as Etihad Airways to the Changi network. CAAS will continue to work to attract new and existing airlines to connect Singapore to unserved and underserved points, and reinforce Singapore's position as the preferred regional air hub."

Source: Media Release 19 Jul 2007

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