SINGAPORE. Singapore Changi Airport today recorded its 60 millionth passenger movement of 2017, a first for the airport in a calendar year.

A celebratory event was held in the transit area of Terminal 2 this afternoon (18 December) for passengers on Scoot flight TR7 from Gold Coast, Australia which carried the 60 millionth passenger. The event was attended by representatives from Changi Airport Group, Scoot and other airport partners.

Prizes given to the six lucky passengers were selected from Changi’s range of retail offerings

Prizes were given out to six lucky passengers onboard TR7, who participated in a quiz game upon arrival in Changi Airport. Prizes included brand names like Apple, Bottega Veneta, Clé de Peau, La Prairie, Lee Hwa, Omega, SK-II, Sony and Tumi.

The winners also each received a pair of round-trip tickets to selected Scoot destinations, including Honolulu and Athens. The flight’s passengers were treated to a buffet spread and received goodie bags, including a S$60 (US$44.50) Changi Gift Card.

Milestone moment: Passengers on flight TR7 were treated to gift bags and a buffet

Changi Airport Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Lee Seow Hiang said: “We commemorate an important milestone in 2017 with record passenger traffic of more than 60 million. It is a proud moment for all of us in the airport community and is the result of years of hard work and dedication to grow the Changi air hub to what it is today. It was only in 2012 that we marked our 50 million milestone. Five years on, we have increased annual traffic by +20% or 10 million.

“We share this achievement with our airline partners who have shown their strong support for Changi Airport, adding capacity to their Singapore routes and expanding connectivity from Changi. We will continue to work closely with them to grow their business and operations in Singapore.

“With the new Terminal 4, and our upcoming development projects such as the expansion of Terminal 1, the Changi East project as well as a new passenger terminal at Seletar Airport, we are ensuring that our country’s airports continue to have sufficient capacity to meet the region’s demand for air travel in the decades ahead, and contribute to Singapore’s economic success in the long run.”

Changi Airport provides more than 160,000 jobs and contributes 6% of Singapore’s GDP

Scoot Chief Operating Officer Mr Ng Chee Keong commented: “Incepted in November 2011 as the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines, Scoot’s network has expanded rapidly to over 60 destinations spanning 17 countries. This year alone, we launched five new destinations, three of which – Athens, Harbin and Honolulu – are new passenger links from Changi Airport.

“We also plan to add Kuantan and Berlin to our network next year. Scoot congratulates Changi Airport Group (CAG) and we commit to working alongside our strategic partners such as CAG to progress our network to boost Singapore as a hub of choice.”

For November, Singapore Changi Airport registered 5.17 million passenger movements, +8.1% year-on-year growth. Aircraft movements rose +4.8% to 31,140 landings and take-offs.

Passenger traffic for all regions grew at least +6%. All of Changi’s top 20 country markets recorded positive growth. Countries which achieved double-digit growth include China, Myanmar, the UK and USA. Among Changi’s top 20 routes, Phuket (+19%), Bangkok (+17%) and London (+14%) were the fastest growing.