Singapore welcomes 1 billionth air passenger

Singapore’s Changi Airport has welcomed its one billionth passenger and is on track to host a record 60 million passengers this year, the airport’s operating group said Monday.

The airport passed the 1-billion-passengers milestone in April, Changi Airport Group said in a news release. The airport handled more than 5 million passengers that month, a 7.8 percent increase over the prior April.

Double-digit growth in markets including India, Indonesia and Malaysia helped to boost April’s passenger traffic, the group said.

Changi’s operations are set to expand, with a new Terminal 4 scheduled to open in the second half of this year.

A new Terminal 5 is slated for a 2020 opening, enabling the airport to handle 135 million passengers annually.