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Ongoing efforts to transform Changi Airport ahead of future challenges: CAG

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 22:01

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AIRPORT operator Changi Airport Group (CAG) said that it will continue to transform Changi Airport ahead of future challenges.

AIRPORT operator Changi Airport Group (CAG) said that it will continue to transform Changi Airport ahead of future challenges.

Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of CAG, said: "We will do so by catering supply for future growth, as well as working with our partners to grow sustainable demand for aviation services."

Mr Lee added: "We are cultivating new passenger segments for our airline partners to benefit from a steady pipeline of traffic into the future. These include meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), fly-cruise out of Singapore and low-cost long-haul travel such as forthcoming services by Scoot and Norwegian to Athens and London respectively."

On Thursday, Changi Airport honoured carriers that have contributed significantly to the growth and development of the Singapore air hub over the last year at the Changi Airline Awards 2017.

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Some 25 awards were presented to airlines at the annual event, where the guest-of-honour was Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) & Second Minister for Transport.

For passenger carriers, the top five airlines and airline groups operating at Changi Airport in 2016 were Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group, Jetstar Group, AirAsia Group, Cathay Pacific Airways and Lion Group.

For cargo carriers, SIA Group was also in pole position with the highest cargo volumes, followed by Cathay Pacific Airways, FedEx Express, China Airlines and EVA Air.

The Partner of the Year award went DHL Express, in recognition of its efforts to grow Changi Airport's air cargo hub status. DHL Express launched its fully-automated South Asia Hub at Changi Airfreight Centre in October last year, which has tripled its cargo handling capacity and has boosted its parcel-sorting speed by six-fold. DHL Express also added new flights through its joint venture airlines and other airline partners.

Last year, Changi Airport handled a milestone 58.7 million passengers, up 5.9 per cent year on year. The airport is on track to receive 60 million passengers in 2017.

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