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India Emerges as 5th among top passenger markets for Singapore’s Changi Airport

In 2023, Singapore’s Changi Airport, which managed 328,000 flights and accommodated 58.9 million passengers, witnessed a significant rebound, reaching 83% of pre-Covid-19 traffic levels. Official data reveals that India secured the fifth position among the top five largest passenger markets for the airport. Indonesia claimed the leading position, followed by Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, and India, based on the latest figures released by the Changi Airport Group (CAG). Notably, India had held the sixth position as a travel traffic generator for Changi Airport in 2019, before the pandemic. Prior to the pandemic’s impact in 2019, the airport had recorded 68.3 million passenger movements. The 2023 passenger traffic at Changi Airport marked an 83% increase compared to the 32.2 million passengers handled in 2022.

About 328,000 flights took off from or landed at Changi Airport in 2023, the data stated, as against 382,000 flights it handled in 2019. Between October and December 2023, the airport recorded 16.1 million passenger movements, surpassing 90 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. December was the busiest month of the year, with 5.8 million passengers moving through the airport. This was 91 per cent of traffic levels in December 2019. The airport recorded its busiest day of the year on Dec 22, the Friday before Christmas, with 203,000 passengers passing through its terminals. In December, 30,400 flights landed at or departed from the airport. Quoting CAG, The Straits Times newspaper reported that all the regions to which the airport is connected are recording healthy recovery in passenger traffic from pre-pandemic levels. North America was the region that recorded the greatest growth of more than 25 per cent, compared to 2019.

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