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Passenger traffic at Changi slips 3.8% in January

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Airport handled 4.42 million passengers in January, down 3.8 per cent year on year, in line with aircraft movements sinking 5.2 per cent to 28,800 take-offs and landings.

CHANGI Airport handled 4.42 million passengers in January, down 3.8 per cent year on year, in line with aircraft movements sinking 5.2 per cent to 28,800 take-offs and landings.

However, air-freight movements climbed one per cent to 151,800 tonnes, said airport operator Changi Airport Group (CAG) on Friday.

"Passenger traffic in January last year was boosted by the Lunar New Year which fell on the last day of the month," said CAG in a release. "Notwithstanding this, traffic to and from South Asia grew 5 per cent in January, mainly fuelled by increased travel on India routes."

The airport operator also said that traffic between Singapore and Thailand has been rebounding with traffic up 22 per cent year on year. Bangkok, which is among Changi's top 10 destinations, saw the strongest growth at 34 per cent that month.