AviationTravel recovery is now underway as Singapore's air passenger traffic jumps 31% in April.

Changi Airport is finally getting its buzz again

Changi Airport is set to reclaim its status as a leading air hub in Asia. Picture taken of Terminal 3 on 17 April.
Changi Airport is set to reclaim its status as a leading air hub in Asia. Picture taken of Terminal 3 on 17 April. Photo Credit: Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

Singapore's Changi Airport is seeing a much busier month following the country's opening to all fully vaccinated travellers from 1 April.

Air passenger traffic in Singapore reached 400,000, or 31% of pre-Covid levels, in the week ending 17 April 2022, according to Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). This represents an 18% jump from a month ago.

All major markets posted an increase in traffic volume, with particularly strong growth for traffic to and from Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Direct traffic also grew for both international and local travellers, with Singapore citizens and permanent residents making up 32% of total direct traffic.

The number of passenger flights also rose 38% of pre-Covid levels in the week ending 17 April 2022, up 29% from a month ago, boosted by an increase in the frequency of flights to and from Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Three airlines, namely Air New Zealand, Myanmar Airways International and PT. Batik Air Indonesia, restarted scheduled passenger flights to Singapore. Air links were also re-established with five new cities, namely Cairns, Da Nang, Kota Kinabalu, Madurai and Riyadh.

Han Kok Juan, director-general of the CAAS, said, “It has been just two weeks since we reopened our borders more broadly. We are seeing good air travel recovery and expect numbers to further increase, especially in the upcoming May Day-Hari Raya Puasa long weekend and the June school holiday season.

Singapore is on track to restoring 50% of pre-Covid passenger volume by this year, according to CAAS.

Bloomberg reported that nearly 65% of the shops in Changi’s transit area are now open, reaching almost 90% in the public areas of Terminals 1 and 3.

Duty-free operator Lotte Duty Free will soon open one of its largest-ever stores at Changi Airport, while Singapore Airlines has completely refurbished its business and first-class lounges at Terminal 3 during the pandemic, the Bloomberg report added.

There is no immediate plans to reopen Terminal 4, although Terminal 2 is expected to restore operations in phases later this year.

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