Cargo growth slows at Changi but still up five per cent

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The growth in cargo volumes at Changi Airport has slowed in October but was still up five per cent year-on-year.

The airport in Singapore handled 185,800 tonnes of cargo in October 2017 compared to 177,000 tonnes in the same month of 2016.

Year-on-year growth in October was lower than the previous three months; July had been up 11.2 per cent to 179,600 tonnes, August by 10.7 per cent to 180,600 tonnes and September by 9.8 per cent to 183,600 tonnes.

On a year-to-date basis cargo volumes are up 7.8 per cent to 1.74 million tonnes.

Changi has welcomed new services including three new Chinese airlines, with Spring Airlines operating three flights a week to Guangzhou, China Eastern Airlines launching three weekly services to Fuzhou then on to Yantai, and Hebei Airlines starting daily services to Hangzhou then on to Shijiazhuang.

SilkAir has launched thrice-weekly services to Hiroshima in Japan; Jetstar Asia has started four flights a week to Hat Yai in Thailand; and Singapore Airlines has increased services to Paris from seven a week to 10.

On 29 October Changi welcomed United Airlines’ new daily non-stop service between Singapore and Los Angeles, operated with its Boeing 787-9, the longest non-stop route between the US and any city globally.