Singapore's Changi airport has posted a 1.3% fall in passenger traffic in 2009, but reports a strong rebound performance in the year's last quarter.

Total passenger traffic for 2009 decreased 1.3% to 37.2 million from the previous year, says the airport.

Cargo traffic fell 12% to 1.6 million tones, while aircraft movements rose 3.6% to 240,360, adds Changi.

"Last year was a difficult one for the aviation industry and I'm glad Changi has held up well to register a strong performance in the latter part of the year," says Changi Airport Group's CEO Lee Seow Hiang.

Passenger traffic for December rose 9.7% to 3.8 million, the highest ever recorded at the airport.

Cargo traffic grew 15.7% to 149,726t, and aircraft movements increased 5.4% to 21,885, adds Changi.

"We are beginning 2010 on a strong footing, and expect the improving global economy and exciting tourism developments in Singapore this year to have a positive impact on Changi's performance," says Lee.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news