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Airfreight Movements at Changi Airport, 2013-2018
Loaded Discharged Total
weaken to 0 to 2 per cent, down from 8.8 per cent and 4.2 per cent increase in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Fostering Growth
As an expression of its con dence in the future
of airfreight and its vital role in its economy,
Singapore is pressing ahead to develop its
infrastructure and advance policies to foster
trade growth. As part of the Changi East
expansion, a new airfreight facility will be built,
which will almost double its annual cargo-
handling capacity at Changi Airport from 3 2014 million tonnes to 5.4 million tonnes. Slated for 2015 completion in 2030 when Changi T5 opens, 2016 the future Changi East Industrial Zone (CEIZ)
presents the Changi Airport Group (CAG) with new opportunities to transform its cargo processes, infrastructure and facilities.
Said Dr Lam, “The future air freight terminals will be highly automated and data-driven. To realise this vision, the air cargo community is working closely with CAG and the government,
to re-design our air cargo operations, improve productivity and raise the ef ciency of the sector.”
As part of its liberal aviation policy, Singapore is also continuing to pursue air services agreements (ASAs). Two more were concluded with Panama and Peru in 2018, bringing the total ASAs concluded to over 140 states and territories, of which over 70 are open skies agreements. The ASAs allow signatory nations to operate any number of passenger and cargo services between the two countries as well as beyond to any third country, with no
restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type, or routing. In addition, cargo carriers from both countries will be able to use the other country as a hub for operations to any third country.
Singapore is also working closely with other ASEAN countries, as well as with ASEAN Dialogue Partners like China, Japan and the European Union, to enhance the breadth and depth of air connectivity. “This will allow airlines to  y more freely within the region and around the world, and improve the speed and ef ciency of air cargo delivery,” said Dr Lam.
Year Cargo (million tonnes)
995,808 1,004,559 1,015,296 1,083,999 1,155,749 1,164,800
1,837,702 1,843,799 1,853,087 1,969,434 2,125,226 2,154,900
2013 841,894 839,240 837,791 885,435
2017 969,477
2018 990,100
Photo courtesy of Changi Airport Group

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