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SINGAPORE - Singapore's Changi Airport said on Thursday it had enjoyed its busiest year in 2012, handling a record 51.2 million passengers, underscoring its position as a regional aviation hub. 

"Passenger traffic for the year totalled 51.2 million, increasing by 10% over the whole of 2011," Changi Airport Group (CAG) said in a statement.

It was the first time in the airport's 31-year history that the number of people passing through had crossed 50 million, CAG said, adding that the rise came despite economic woes in Europe. Its previous record of 46.5 million passengers was seen in 2011.

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