Singapore Changi Airport has reported that air freight throughput increased by 1.4 per cent to reach 2.15 million tonnes for 2018 but in December throughput dipped 3.8 per cent to 182,000 tonnes.
Growth was observed for air freight throughput across all segments – exports, imports and transshipments. For the year, the top five markets for air freight were China, Australia, Hong Kong, the United States and India.
During the year, Changi Airport welcomed three belly airlines – Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines, LOT Polish, and Shandong Airlines. New links were also established, to China (Nanchang), Germany (Berlin), India (Guwahati, Pune, Vijayawada), Indonesia (Belitung), and Poland (Warsaw).
CAG’s managing director for air hub development, Lim Ching Kiat said: “We expect 2019 to pose challenges include rising fuel prices and trade tensions. While these potential headwinds may impact the industry, demand for air travel in the Asia Pacific region is forecast to grow steadily.
“Together with our airport community and partners, we look forward to strengthening our connectivity and better serving our passengers’ needs.”