SINGAPORE: A new mega—passenger terminal could be built at a site in Changi East.
Elaborating on long—term expansion plans for the airport, Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo on Wednesday said the third runway will also be ready for civilian co—use by 2020.
Passenger traffic at Changi Airport is expected grow at a compounded rate of 5 percent annually till 2020, and the current two runways at the airport are expected to be sufficient until then.
So the third runway —— currently used by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) —— will be needed to cater to further growth.
She said: "Exactly how soon we will need a third runway at Changi for civilian use depends on various factors, including air traffic growth and the aircraft mix operating at the airport.
"For example, airlines may up—gauge narrow—body aircraft to wide—body aircraft to carry more passengers, rather than applying for new departure and landing slots. This will allow Changi to support more passenger traffic with the same runway capacity."
She said the Changi 2036 Steering Committee, which is tasked to develop a holistic long—term plan for the expansion of Changi Airport, is working on a Concept Plan for the site.
Details for its operations will be ready in the second half of this year.
Adding terminal capacity will be another focus. The area between runway two and three has been identified for this.
The area in Changi East is also sufficient to house airfreight and air logistics centres as well as a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul hub.
Speaking in Parliament, Mrs Josephine Teo said Singapore needs to grow its connectivity with more emerging cities.
"This will also support airlines’ growth plans and anchor them here," she said.
"With these new facilities, new roads and public transport links will also be needed to serve the airport. Existing roads may also have to be diverted.
"MOT, CAAS and the Land Transport Authority will study these issues further and engage the aviation community on the Concept Plan in the months ahead. We aim to finalise the Concept Plan by the end of this year," she added.
Airport operations will also have to become more efficient.
Mrs Teo said the new Terminal 4, to be completed in 2017, will provide the opportunity to explore ways to do more with less.
For example, there will be self—service kiosks and automated check—in and immigration clearance facilities, reducing the need for manpower.
A steering committee will drive the productivity efforts in the airport.
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