Expansion of Changi International Airport Set To Meet Growing Demand of Flights
Singapore is set to expand its Changi International Airport to meet the growing demand for international flights. The Changi 2036 Steering Committee, led by Ministry of State for Finance and Transport has confirmed this endeavor, which aims to cater to the steady increase of air passenger traffic.
A total of 1000 hectares of land was allotted for the expansion of one of the world’s busiest airports. The land area is set to double the present size of Changi in the coming decades. At present, Changi’s holds a total land area of 1,350 hectares. The expansion is also set to boost the present passenger capacity of the airport which is 73 million to 85 million after its final stages.
Meanwhile, the Changi Airport Group previously announced last March 1, 2012, that the Budget Terminal will be closed in September this year to make way for Terminal 4. The construction of the fourth terminal is now underway. Terminal 4 expects to have a yearly capacity of 16 million passengers.
Changi Airport is a transit point for various international destinations. It serves more than 100 airlines operating 6,100 weekly flights connecting Singapore to over 220 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. Changi Airport has four passenger terminals with a total annual handling capacity of more than 70 million passengers.
Changi is one of the world’s best airports. Last year, the airport handled about 47 million passengers, marking a 10.7% increase over the previous year.This made it the seventh busiest airport in the world and the second busiest in Asia by international passenger traffic in 2011. The airport has also become an important contributor to the economy of Singapore recording a total of 28,000 employees. This accounts for over S$4.5 billion in output.
Changi Airport is a top airport in terms of customer service and security. Since 1981, it has won over 390 awards as the best airport given by organisations such as Skytrax and Business Traveller. It was voted “World’s Leading Airport 2010” by World Travel Awards. It has been recognized as a world-class, state-of-the-art structure in Singapore. It is recorded as one of the largest single development projects in Singapore’s history.