By Sohail Sawlani

The Changi East Project | The future of Singapore's Aviation

6 May 2022

SINGAPORE | Singapore's Changi International Airport is one of the major transportation hubs in Asia, and has been rated world's best airport for 8 consecutive years. It spans over 4 terminals, with the newest one opened in 2017. Also, Changi is the home to Jewel, a shopping centre with the largest indoor waterfall in the world meant to attract travellers on stopover.

However, after going this far, they most definitely would not stop at Terminal 4. Through this article, you will find out more about the future of Changi, which is a part of the Changi East Project.

A view of the waterfall at Changi Airport's Jewel | © Darren Nunis/ Unsplash

In 2013, Singaporean ministers and heads of the Changi Airport Group announced the "Changi East Project". This project will greatly expand the world's best airport as we know it today- adding a new runway, gigantic terminal, cargo facilities and more, slated for opening in 2030. However, as a result of COVID-19, its opening has been delayed by at least 2 years. Lets look into each component of the project in detail.

Terminal 5

Changi Airport's Terminal 5 is set to be the largest of them all, spanning the size of all 4 terminals combined. It is located alongside runway 02C/20C, near Changi Airbase (East).

According to the Changi Airport Group, T5 will be linked to the other terminals at Changi Airport, allowing the expanded Changi Airport to be operated as a single, integrated airport for ease of transfer between different terminals with airfield operational efficiency. New facilities, such as navigation aids, airfield lighting systems and a fire station will also be constructed.

The new terminal will feature 4 separate blocks/wings, which will likely be linked underground.

Changi Airport's Terminal 5 spans the size of all 4 terminals combined | © Changi Airport Group

Runway 02R/20R

Due to the new gigantic terminal, there is going to be a significantly larger amount of aircraft landing, so a third runway is needed. Owing to this, Changi Air Base's Runway 02R/20R was extended by 1.25km and converted to a joint military-and-civilian runway in 2015. It was opened for operations in 2020 after constructions had ended. It is currently actively operating civilian aircraft and military aircraft, despite Terminal 5 nowhere near opening.

Changi East Industrial Zone

Another major part of the Changi East Project is the remodelling of the Changi Industrial Zones. Changi Airport's cargo facilities, currently located at the Changi Airfreight Centre, will be expanded to the Changi East Industrial Zone as part of the Changi East Development.

The zone will be developed for airfreight, air express and Maintenance, Repair and Operations activities. Together with the remodelled Changi Airfreight Centre, Changi's handling capabilities will increase from 3 million tonnes per annum today, to 5.4 million tonnes per annum in its end-state, when the project is completed.

Changi Airport to expand Cargo capacity | © Changi Airport Group/ Singapore Airlines Cargo

Despite most of the project under reconsideration after COVID-19, it is likely to become a reality still as passenger numbers return back to normal all around the world and demand for global air travel rises steadily. In just a decade, Changi's final major expansion will become a reality.

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