Singapore set to double capacity of Changi Airport with new terminal


AFP

SINGAPORE — Singapore will build a new terminal that will double the capacity of Changi Airport in a bid to retain its edge as a regional aviation hub, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Sunday. Construction work will begin soon and will be completed in 12 to 15 years, Lee announced in his annual policy speech. He did not reveal the cost of the new facility, but said it would include a third runway that would double the capacity of Changi, which handled 51.2 million passengers last year. Changi Airport, named the world’s best by Britain-based consultancy Skytrax this year, currently has three terminals with a total capacity of 66 million passengers a year. In February it started to demolish its terminal for budget airlines to replace it with a larger facility.

The new facility, Terminal 4, will have the capacity to handle 16 million passengers a year when it opens in 2017.

Passenger traffic at Changi totaled 51.2 million last year, the first time in the airport’s 31-year history that the number of people passing through crossed 50 million.