Passenger traffic at Singapore Changi Airport rose 8.6% during December 2012 to 4.92 million, rising from the 4.5 million passengers handled during the corresponding month in 2011.
During December, Changi Airport handled 29,000 landings and take-offs, up 4.7% from 27,654 flights handled a year ago.
Airfreight traffic dropped 8.2% to 152,900 tonnes compared to 166,607 handled during the corresponding month the previous year.
During 2012, the airport recorded an 10% rise in its passenger traffic, totalling 51.2 million passengers compared to 46.54 million passengers handled in 2011.
The airport's flight movements in 2012 rose 7.6% to 324,700, while the uncertain global economy drove down the airport's cargo volumes to 1.81 million tonnes, a 3.2% drop over 1.86 million tonnes handled in 2011.
Despite uncertain market conditions in the Eurozone, the traffic between Singapore and Europe rose 7.5%.
Passenger traffic from South Asia grew 12.4%, while the airport reported a 9.9% growth in Northeast Asian traffic and respective growth of 9.7% and 9.4% from Southeast Asia and Southwest Pacific regions.
The airport also witnessed positive growth to and from gateway hubs including Beijing, Frankfurt and Guangzhou that registered at least half a million passengers to and from Singapore.
CAG chief executive officer Lee Seow Hiang said that 2012 was indeed a good year for the airport.
"In spite of the economic challenges faced by the aviation industry, we stayed nimble and worked extremely closely with our partners," Hiang said.
"In the near term, Changi Airport's performance will depend largely on how quickly markets recover from the slowdown."
Changi is planning to begin construction on the new Terminal 4 in 2013, which is aimed at adding 16 more million passengers per year to the airport's capacity upon its commencement of operations in 2017.
Image: The airport witnessed improvement in demand for travel to and from the recession hit European countries in 2012. Photo: courtesy of Changi Airport Group.