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SINGAPORE: May 29, 2017. Air cargo throughput at Changi Airport rose 4.4 percent in April to 171,720 tonnes compared to the same period last year.

For the 12 months ending in April, airfreight traffic rose 7.0 percent to reach a record two million tonnes for the period.

Changi's key airfreight segments of aerospace parts, perishables, pharmaceuticals and e-commerce all saw growth in imports, exports and transshipments.

Changi airport Earlier this year it became the first air cargo community in the Asia Pacific region to establish an end-to-end supply chain that meets the IATA CEIV Pharma standards.

Currently 24 all-cargo airlines operate 310 weekly flights linking Singapore to 47 cities in 27 countries.

With the launch of a new daily service to Hanoi by VietJet on April 27, over 120 airlines now provide 7,000 weekly flights to 380 cities worldwide.

In addition to the record air cargo throughput, Changi highlights for the past 12 months included two new freighter carriers - Neptune Air and Silk Way West - plus the resumption of K-Mile Air services.

In October DHL Express launched its fully automated South Asia Hub that tripled cargo-handling volume to 628 tonnes at peak periods, and increased parcel-sorting speed to 24,000 shipments and documents per hour.

Last month SATS officially opened its new eCommerce Airhub with Singapore Post as its anchor customer. The new facility increases mailbag processing by a factor of three and reduces mail sort time by 50 percent.

The airport has also been certified to handle New Zealand meat exports en-route to European markets that extends the shelf life by two weeks and reduces the delivery cost by 50 percent compared to direct air shipment.

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