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Changi Airport sees 97% monthly passenger increase in June 2020

Changi Airport passenger traffic doubled month-on-month from a May 2020 'low point', though it remains 99% down on usual levels

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May 2020 certainly went down in history as Changi Airport’s worst ever month, with only 24,500 passengers – equivalent to less than 800 each day. The airport will no doubt be pleased to see the first uptick since COVID-19 took hold, with June 2020 data released today showing a 97% monthly increase to 48,200 passengers.

That’s still a very low 1,600 per day through the airport’s remaining two operating terminals, however, a fraction of the usual 190,000 passengers per day based on June 2019 data and equivalent to a 99.2% drop.

Air freight was down 31% on normal levels in June 2020, its best performance in three months, with a 9% increase compared to May 2020.

Total aircraft takeoffs and landings, including both passenger and freight flights, also increased by 7% since May, but remained 85% lower than usual.

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Passenger totals

Here’s how the number of passengers passing through Changi Airport looked so far in 2020 compared to the same months in 2019.

Changi Airport
Passenger totals
2019
(x 1,000)
2020
(x 1,000)
Change
January 5,660 5,950 increase 5.2%
February 5,130 3,450 decrease 32.8%
March 5,630 1,650 decrease 70.7%
April 5,580 25.2 decrease 99.5%
May 5,410 24.5 decrease 99.5%
June 5,820 48.2 decrease 99.2%
Year to date 33,230 11,150 decrease 66.4%
Changi Pax Jan-Jun
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The year got off to a good start with the airport seeing a 5% passenger increase in January 2020 compared to the same month the previous year. That was commensurate with a 4% increase in passenger traffic seen at the airport during 2019.

Flight cancellations as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak then resulted in a one-third drop in passengers for February 2020, falling further in March 2020 and finally bottoming out at the record lows seen for April and May 2020.

With a slight uptick in June 2020, overall there was a 99.2% drop in passengers using Changi compared with 2019.

The news comes after Singapore Airlines reported last week that it carried 62% more passengers in June 2020 compared to the previous month.

In total the first six months of 2020 have seen a 66.4% drop in passenger numbers at Changi Airport compared to the same period in 2019.

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Cargo totals

Here’s how the air freight tonnage at Changi Airport looked so far in 2020 compared to the same months in 2019.

Changi Airport
Cargo totals
2019
(x 1,000)
2020
(x 1,000)
Change
January 171 157 decrease 8.4%
February 137 147 increase 7.6%
March 185 149 decrease 19.1%
April 156 95.8 decrease 38.8%
May 172 103 decrease 40.0%
June 162 112 decrease 31.0%
Year to date 983 652 decrease 33.7%

The falloff in cargo volumes at the airport came through a little later than for passenger traffic, as dedicated freighter services remained and airlines began operating cargo-only services with their passenger aircraft.

Indeed Singapore Airlines was flying three passenger aircraft with only cargo on board for every passenger flight it operated in June 2020.

This helps the airline to earn some revenue and helps to address the significant shortage in cargo capacity that has been brought about by the almost complete lack of passenger flights, which typically carry 75% of SIA’s annual cargo in the underfloor holds.

June 2020 saw an increase in cargo at Changi for the second month, up 9% compared to May with 112,000 tonnes passing through, however this was still a 31% fall compared to June 2019.

Nonetheless this is the best cargo performance recorded since April 2020’s low point.

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Takeoffs and landings

Here’s how the number of aircraft takeoff and landings Changi Airport had so far in 2020 compared to the same months in 2019.

Changi Airport
Takeoffs and landings
2019
(x 1,000)
2020
(x 1,000)
Change
January 32.7 33.4 increase 2.2%
February 29.9 26.2 decrease 12.3%
March 32.4 16.2 decrease 49.9%
April 31.5 3.87 decrease 87.7%
May 31.7 4.47 decrease 85.9%
June 31.4 4.78