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Changi Airport cargo falls in 2012


Singapore's Changi Airport saw airfreight volumes fall by 3.2 per cent in 2012 to 1.81 million tonnes, compared to the previous year, driven down by uncertainties in the global economy, according to the Shipping Gazette.
The airport ended the year by handling 152,900 tonnes of cargo in December, 8.2 per cent less than a year before.
"On the cargo front, economic uncertainty in many parts of the world dampened airfreight volumes at Changi Airport. Shipments to and from China and the United States, Changi's top cargo markets, declined after positive growth in 2011.
"Despite the downward pressure on cargo volumes, niche segments such as perishables, live animals and pharmaceuticals grew during the year. Notably, Changi also achieved growth in cargo tonnage to and from Africa and the Oceania region" a statement from airport authorities said.
The passenger side of the business faired far better, after accommodating a record 51.2 million travellers, up 10 per cent year-on-year and marking the best result in the gateway's 31-year history. December's passenger traffic was up 8.6 per cent to 4.92 million.
Full year passenger traffic between Singapore and Europe grew by 7.5 per cent compared to a year earlier. Closer to home, Changi continued to experience strong growth in the South Asia (12.4 per cent), North East Asia (9.9 per cent), South East Asia (9.7 per cent) and Southwest Pacific (9.4 per cent).
During 2012, CAG worked with its partners to enhance infrastructure and offerings at the Changi Airfreight Centre. Highlights include the opening of the FedEx Express South Pacific regional hub, a facility that consolidates the company's air, ground and customs Clearance operations within Changi's Air Cargo Express Hub.
The airport's connectivity to secondary cities was also enhanced after Australia's Gold Coast, Paro in Bhutan, Taiyuan in China, Visakhapatnam in India, Padang in Indonesia, Kota Bahru in Malaysia and Iloilo in the Philippines were added. Non-stop services were also launched to the Chinese cities of Tianjin and Wuhan. As of January 1 2013, Singapore is connected to 25 cities in China by air.
It also attracted five new carriers last year, including Singapore-based Scoot with its low-cost, medium-haul offerings to destinations in Australia, China, Japan and Taiwan. The other airlines are Bhutan's flag carrier Drukair, AirAsia Philippines, Shenzhen Airlines and all-cargo carrier Yangtze River Express.

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