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Aircraft Handling Capacity Of Changi International Airport Is Set To Be Increased

The authorities in Singapore are gearing up to increase Changi International Airport’s aircraft handling capacity to about 40 percent to give way for more aircraft movements.

The airport’s air traffic potential of about 430,000 annual aircraft movements is based on findings from a terminal airspace consultancy study commissioned by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and completed by UK NATS, the air navigation service provider of UK. Meanwhile, reports say that Changi International Airport handled about 302, 000 aircraft movements last year.

In order to increase Changi Airport’s capacity, the CAAS will be looking at increasing air traffic management and runway availability. In addition to this, CAAS will also be improving collaboration with the airport’s stakeholders.

Among other things, the CAAS is considering reducing the duration of scheduled runway closures through leveraging on IT systems to optimise runway inspection processes.

CAAS will also attempt to reduce the separation between aircraft, in order to free up the airport’s runways for the next aircraft as soon as possible.

The Changi International Airport is a major hub in Asia. It is one of the world’s busiest international airports. It serves about 100 airlines flying to more than 220 cities in over 60 countries and territories worldwide.

With over 70,000 square metres of commercial space across its four terminals, Changi Airport is also one of Singapore’s best places for shopping and dining. Meanwhile, the airport earned more than 400 accolades and recognitions throughout the years of service.

Changi Airport handled a record 48 million passenger movements this year. This posted an increase of 11.6 percent compared to the previous year. Strong travel demand in Asia-Pacific was a key growth driver, with Southeast Asia and northeast Asia being the two best-performing regions. Changi retained its position as one of the world’s most connected air hubs with six new city links added, and an addition of four new airlines to its family of carriers.

For the year, CAG achieved a net profit after tax of S$553 million, an improvement of 64.1 percent compared to 2010-2011. This strong set of results was achieved on the back of higher revenue, underpinned by robust traffic growth.

Revenue for the year grew by S$ 325 million or 22.4 percent to S$ 1.78 billion. This improvement was led by double-digit growth in income from airport services and concession sales.Operating expenses totalled S$1.12 billion, an increase by S$62 million, or 5.9 percent. The increase was mainly attributed to higher depreciation due to additional phased capitalisation of the Terminal 1 upgrading project, accelerated depreciation of the Budget Terminal and increased headcounts to support growth and operations.