Awarded the World’s Best Airport Award for the fifth consecutive year by Skytrax, Changi Airport is set to become even bigger.
As the world’s sixth busiest airport for international passenger traffic it is set to expand to a capacity of 135 million passengers per year by around 2025, cementing Singapore’s status as one of Asia’s leading hubs.
Plans for the expansion through construction of the new Terminal 5 (T5), to be built on an unused 1,080-hectare site at Changi East. Set to be one of the largest terminals in the world, Terminal 5 will be capable of handling 50 million passengers per annum in its initial phase.
Terminal 5 will be connected to Terminals 1 to 3 to allow the expanded Changi Airport to be operated as a single, integrated airport without compromising on the ease of transfer between different terminals, passenger convenience and airfield operational efficiency. The terminal will also be connected to the Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network.
As part of the Changi East project, a three-runway system will also be implemented, to increase Changi’s runway capacity. An existing third runway, currently used by the military, will be extended to handle larger passenger aircraft.
To support the long-term growth of the logistics and aerospace industries, an industrial zone will also be developed, for airfreight and air express operators as well as MRO activities.
Current Changi capacity is 66 million, which will increase to 82 million in 2017 with the addition of Terminal 4 (T4), now under construction.
A mixed-use area, Jewel Changi Airport, a joint venture between CAG (51 percent) and CapitaLand (49 percent), is expected to open in 2018 adjacent to Terminal 1.
The development, with retail space, a hotel and facilities for airport operations, will have a total gross floor area of about 134,000 square meters, and 10 floors, with five levels below ground for parking.