Singapore Changi Airport has reported a 7.7% rise in its passenger traffic during March 2013 to 4.61 million compared to the 4.2 million passengers handled during corresponding month in 2012.
During March, Singapore Changi Airport recorded 28,423 landings and takeoffs, up 5.3% from the 26,981 flights handled in March 2012.
Cargo traffic at the airport increased 2.5% in March 2013 to 167,206t up from 163,170t handled during the corresponding period in 2012.
According to Singapore Changi Airport, the traffic rise was mainly due to the increase in holiday travellers over the Good Friday long weekend.
During the first quarter of 2013, the airport served 13.05 million passengers, up 6.2% over 2012.
Passenger traffic to and from Northeast Asia, Southwest Pacific and South Asia all supported rises during the period.
Aircraft movements increased 3.9% during the January to March 2013 period, with 82,600 flights, compared to 79,468 movements registered during the first quarter in 2012.
Changi Airport's airfreight movements dropped 2.2% to 434,000t of cargo handled compared to 443,916t handled during the first quarter of 2012.
The airport is anticipating strong growth in travel demand during summer 2013 within Asia, which will boost capacity on several sectors including Bangkok, Phuket, Penang, Danang, Yangon and Coimbatore.
Changi Airport is planning to invest $485m for the construction of a new Terminal 4 to replace the existing budget terminal and support passenger traffic growth.
Scheduled to be commissioned by 2017, the terminal is expected to handle 16 million passengers per year, boosting the airport's overall passenger handling capacity to 82 million annually.
Image: Aircraft movements at Changi Airport increased 5.3% to 28,423 during March 2013. Photo: courtesy of Changi Airport Group.