A totalof 39.7 million travellers passed through Changi Airport in the first nine months of the year, up 5.6 per cent year-on-year, said operator Changi Airport Group.

Volume of aircraft take-offs and landings was also higher, increasing 5.5 per cent to 254,000, though the cargo market has been a little more subdued, with air freight volumes remaining virtually flat at 1.4 million tonnes, edging up 0.7 per cent.

The airport operator yesterday released operating indicators for September, during which the airport handled 4.3 million passengers, 6.9 per cent more than the corresponding month last year. Flight movements rose 7.2 per cent to 28,400 landings and take-offs. However, cargo volumes slipped 2.5 per cent year-on-year to 152,800 tonnes.

"For the month, traffic to and from South-east Asia, North-east Asia and the Middle East registered double-digit growth. Among Changi Airport's top 10 city links, travel to Denpasar (Bali) and Taipei saw the largest increases of more than 30 per cent," said CAG.

The sixth edition of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix took place from Sept 20 to Sept 22. According to an earlier forecast from travel technology firm Amadeus and market research company Forward Data, flight bookings into Singapore for the 2013 Grand Prix were up 12.6 per cent year-on-year three weeks ahead of the race, pointing to a bumper year as far as tourist arrivals for the F1 were concerned.

In the update, CAG announced that Bangladesh-based carrier United Airways will start a thrice-weekly Dhaka-Singapore service to Changi from Nov 4. Meanwhile, from this month, budget carrier Tigerair is launching new services to Lijiang, which will run thrice every two weeks, daily flights to Yangon as well as services to Surabaya six times weekly.

For the 2013 Northern Winter season, frequencies are being boosted for certain routes, including Tigerair Mandala's service to Jakarta to 35 per week, and from Oct 27, Singapore Airlines' service to New Delhi will run 21 times per week. From Oct 27, Vietnam Airlines will operate to Ho Chi Minh 21 times weekly, while Golden Myanmar will fly to Yangon 14 times weekly starting Oct 31. From Nov 1, Jet Airways will beef up its flights to Mumbai to 14 times weekly.

More than 100 airlines operate at Changi, linking the Republic to 250 cities in some 60 countries and territories worldwide with over 6,700 weekly scheduled flights.