Singapore's Changi airport handled a record 53.7 million passengers last year, said Changi Airport Group, as travel appetite across the region soared and Singapore became a more popular holiday destination.
Passenger numbers rose 5 percent on year in 2013, while the number of landings was up nearly 6 percent at 343,800.
Monthly passenger traffic for December also crossed the five million mark for the first time since the airport opened in 1981, while the daily record was broken on the Saturday just before Christmas (on 21 December) with 191,800 passengers and 1,100 flights registered in the 24 hours.
Rising traffic numbers at the airport follow a report from research firm CLSA published earlier this month which found that Singapore was set to benefit directly from the boom in Chinese tourism, with outbound tourists set to double to 200 million by 2020. Singapore was the fourth favorite travel destination for Chinese tourists, after Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea, said CLSA.
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Furthermore, a survey by travel website Expedia showed that Singapore was the sixth most popular destination for Asian tourists in a recent survey, after Tapei, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka, respectively.