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Transit traffic helps push Changi Airport passenger numbers to 86,000 in July 2020

Changi Airport's passenger traffic hit 2,800 per day in July 2020, the first full month of transit approvals

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Singapore Changi Airport has announced its operating statistics for July 2020, with a 78% monthly increase in passengers to 86,000, on the back of significantly increased approvals for transit itineraries on SIA Group carriers and operators like Turkish Airlines restarting services during the month.

Overall with just 2,800 passengers per day this remains a low total, equivalent to a 98.5% reduction compared to July 2019, though it is a significant improvement on the airport’s worst ever month in May 2020, when only 24,500 passengers passed through the facility.

Air freight was down 30% on normal levels in July 2020, similar to the previous month and in line with the plateau we saw for SIA’s cargo-only services using passenger aircraft during July.

Total aircraft takeoffs and landings, including both passenger and freight flights, have continued to progressively increase since April 2020, with a 10% monthly hike seen in July 2020, however these remained 84% 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%
July 5,910 86.0 decrease 98.5%
Year to date 39,140 11,234 decrease 71.3%
Changi Pax Jan-Jul
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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 small upticks in both June and July 2020, overall traffic remains down by 98.5% on normal levels. For the year to July 2020, over 70% fewer passengers have used Changi compared to the same period in 2019.

This data comes as Singapore Airlines reported earlier this week that it carried twice as many passengers in July 2020 compared to the previous month, though in a similar pattern to Changi Airport itself this still represented a 98.6% drop compared to July 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%
July 170 119 decrease 30.1%
Year to date 1,153 883 decrease 23.4%

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 continued to fly three passenger aircraft with only cargo on board for every passenger flight it operated in July 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.

July 2020 saw an increase in cargo at Changi for the third consecutive month, up 6% compared to June with 119,000 tonnes passing through, however this was still a 30% fall compared to July 2019.

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Takeoffs and landings

Here’s how the number of aircraft takeoff and landings Changi Airport looked 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