Cargo flows at Singapore Changi Airport dipped slightly in 2022 no thanks to global economic uncertainty and inflationary pressures. Airfreight throughput was down 4.8 percent year on year at 1.85 million tonnes.
Changi’s top five air cargo markets for 2022 (in order) were China, Australia, the US, Hong Kong and Japan, with traffic in December slipping 17.3 percent to 153,000 tonnes. The airport laid witness to a partnership between DHL Express and Singapore Airlines in August to fly on routes between the US and Singapore via North Asia and Australia using five B777 freighters. The first two aircraft started operations in the same year.
For 2022, Changi Airport welcomed seven passenger airlines and one freighter operator in the form of Atlas Air, helping bring back the air hub’s connectivity to 82 percent of the 2019 level. Aircraft movements, which include landings and takeoffs, totalled 219,000, or 57.2 percent of the level seen before Covid. The airport saw the strongest passenger traffic in December with 4.62 million recorded, which equates to 72 percent of Changi’s traffic in December 2019.
As of the first week of 2023, 96 airlines operate over 5,600 weekly scheduled flights at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to 143 cities in 48 countries and territories worldwide.