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                 SINGAPORE AIRFREIGHT DIRECTORY 2022/2023
 Air freight movements at Changi Airport in Singapore Second Quarter 2022
According to data provided by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), total airfreight throughput in 2021 hit 1.95 million metric tons (mmt). It was a 26.6 percent jump from 2020, when throughput for the full year fell to 1.54 mmt - from 2.01 mmt in 2019 - at the height of pandemic restrictions and lockdowns worldwide.
For the second quarter of the year 2022, air freight movements
totalled 458,000 tonnes, a year-on-year decline of 3.7 percent and a reversal from the 7.3 percent growth recorded in the previous quarter. Supply chain disruptions arising from COVID-19 lockdowns in China and geopolitical tensions impacted air cargo traffic, particularly during April and May 2022. Second quarter 2022 top five air cargo markets were China, Hong Kong, Australia, United States of America and Japan.
Changi Airport Group (CAG) report card on air cargo activities
CAG noted that throughput for September and October 2021 surpassed 2019 benchmarks, with air imports and exports from January to November 2021 exceeding pre-pandemic levels by 8 percent.
In 2021, more than 50 passenger airlines launched over 23,000 flights carrying only cargo to and from Changi Airport. At the end of 2021, South Korean budget carrier Air Premia launched a weekly flight from Incheon city to Singapore using converted passenger planes to bring in COVID-19 test kits, e-commerce goods, fabric, and agricultural products including strawberries. The outbound cargo included perfumes, cosmetics, food products and electronic parts. Air Premia was preceded by the addition of Australia’s Tasman Cargo in June and India’s SpiceJet in February 2021. In October 2021, to meet surging demand in e-commerce, FedEx Express doubled its weekly
flights between Sydney and Singapore, and added a new weekly flight connecting Singapore with Paris. By December 2021, Changi Airport registered some 1,000 weekly scheduled and charter cargo flights - including passenger aircraft converted to carry cargo in their holds - connecting Singapore to more than 70 cities. This was a threefold increase compared to the year before.
 Changi Airport Group has worked closely with industry partners to facilitate airfreight movements, which has supported the Singapore economy and ensured the flow of essential goods globally. With our partners, we are also driving efforts to digitise the air cargo supply chain and build long-term resilience with a stronger freighter network. These efforts will strengthen the Changi air cargo hub to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Mr Lim Ching Kiat
Changi Airport Group’s (CAG) managing director of air hub development.
Changi Airport’s recovery reflects the latest air cargo trends reported by IATA, which noted that global demand in 2021 was up 6.9 percent compared with pre-COVID level in 2019.

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