Singapore Air Freight Grows 6.1 Percent

Singapore Air Freight Grows 6.1 Percent

Freight volume at Singapore Changi Airport grew at its fastest year-over-year rate of 2011 in April, expanding 6.1 percent and extending the Asia airport’s recovery from a weak start to the year.

The increase was the second year-over-year gain in a row after February’s 1.9 percent decline, a setback that included the impact of light shipping because of the slower Lunar New Year period.

The freight tonnage of 155,812 metric tons in April marked a 7 percent slowdown from March, a typical seasonal decline in the first month after the first quarter.

Aircraft operations have been stepping up at Changi, however, in line with capacity expansion across Asia, and April’s 13.9 percent year-over-year growth in aircraft movements was the third straight month of accelerating flight operations.