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July 26, 2008

Changi Airport welcomes 18.7 million passengers in H1
Singapore's Changi Airport registered good passenger growth in the first half of this year, welcoming 18.7 million passengers, up 5.4 percent from the same period last year, reported Channel News Asia.

The numbers were released at the official opening of the airport's newest Terminal 3. Six months since the terminal started operations, 5 million passengers have passed through its gates.

The terminal currently handles more than 900 weekly scheduled flights including Singapore Airline's A380 jumbo jet. Overall, Terminal 3 has a total passenger capacity of 22 million a year. This represents about a third of Changi Airport's total passenger handling capacity including the Budget Terminal for low-cost carriers.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, speaking at the official opening of Terminal 3 on Friday, noted planning for the terminal started in the 1970s, which enabled Changi to expand over the years in a systematic manner.

Low-cost carriers contributed some 11.5 per cent of passenger traffic at Changi Airport and 47 per cent of its net growth in traffic. Terminal 3 was 30 years in the making and already plans are underway for a fourth airport terminal in Singapore.

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