Changi airport breaks record with 50m passengers

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Singapore's Changi airport achieved a new record in passenger traffic as more than 50 million passengers passed through its gates this year.

This surpasses its last annual record set in 2010, when it handled 40 million passengers.

Passenger traffic in November rose by 12.2% to 4.37 million, compared with a year ago. The airport handled 46.3 million passengers in the first 11 months of the year.

Changi attributed the strong numbers to growth in travel to and from Northeast Asia and South Asia, and also healthy growth in markets such as Southeast Asia, Southwest Pacific and Europe.

Indonesia remains the airport's top market by country, accounting for 13.4% of all traffic handled between January and November this year.

"Changi Airport Group will continue to invest in infrastructure at Changi airport to ensure that we keep pace with future growth and that we continually provide passengers with a first class Changi experience," says its chief executive Lee Seow Hiang.

To cope with the increasing traffic, the airport operator is expanding its capacity at Terminal 1 and also building a new Terminal 4 on the site of the old Budget Terminal. Together, these expansions will increase Changi's overall annual capacity from 73 million to 85 million.

Regulators are also studying the development of a new terminal, possible civilian use of a military runway and infrastructure, facilities and transport links needed for the airport's growth.