Singapore Changi Airport said total cargo throughput for 2014 increased 0.3% compared to a year ago, as higher imports and exports offset lower transshipment volumes.
´Singapore Changi Airport said total cargo throughput for 2014 increased 0.3% compared to a year ago, as higher imports and exports offset lower transshipment volumes. In total, 1.84 million
tonnes were loaded or unloaded in 2014. Simultaneously, 54.1 million passengers passed the gates of the airport – plus 0.7 percent year-on-year.
APAC cargo traffic rose sharply
Air freight shipments between Singapore and Japan rose 7.5% on-year, boosted by the commencement of a new Okinawa-Singapore freighter service operated by ANA Cargo. The Japanese carrier operates six weekly Okinawa-Singapore-Tokyo Narita services, using a B767-300F.
Two of Singapore’s key trade partners – Australia and China – also exhibited positive growth of 5.7% and 1.3% respectively.
Pharma “Centre of excellence”
In a statement, Changi Airport said it also enhanced its reputation as a transshipment hub for temperature-sensitive cargo in 2014, when SATS Coolport received the world’s first ‘Centre of Excellence in Pharmaceutical Handling’ certification by IATA, followed by Brussels Zaventem Airport soon after.
Changi Airport welcomed six new carriers in 2014. The arrival of MIAT Mongolian Airlines and Uzbekistan Airways enhanced Changi’s connectivity to Central Asia, with the launch of new services to Ulaanbaatar and Tashkent respectively. Jetstar Pacific, Malindo Air, Tigerair Taiwan and VietJet rounded up the list of newcomers.
The new year has started on a positive note for Changi Airport, with Air New Zealand commencing its services to Singapore on 6 January. “As we announce more new airlines and destinations in the coming months, we stand ready to work with our airline and industry partners to capture growth opportunities and strengthen Changi Airport’s air hub position,” states CEO Lee Seow Hiang.
Nol van Fenema