Changi Airport to close 1 of its 3 runways for T5 construction

·Editorial Team
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Changi Airport (FILE PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — From 25 October 2020, Changi Airport will operate using only two of its three existing runways – Runway One and Runway Three.

In a media release on Monday (4 November), Changi Airport Group (CAG) said that Runway Two will be closed temporarily for the next phase of infrastructure works for the Changi East project, which includes the airport’s fifth terminal, the Changi East Industrial Zone and supporting facilities.

The closure will thus ensure the safety of flight operations during the infrastructure works, which are expected to be completed by the early 2030s. The three-runway system is expected to resume operation in the mid-2020s.

During the closure of Runway Two, a longer taxi-ing time can be expected for flights assigned to Runway Three.

INFOGRAPHIC: Changi Airport Group
INFOGRAPHIC: Changi Airport Group

CAG said it will work closely with stakeholders – such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, airlines and ground handlers – to ensure a smooth and safe transition of runway operations at Changi Airport.

The Changi East development is Changi Airport’s biggest expansion project in more than three decades, with Terminal Five (T5) equivalent to the size of Tampines New Town.

When completed, T5 will increase the airport’s annual capacity by 50 million passengers initially and up to 70 million if needed. This means Changi could potentially serve 150 million passengers a year, compared with the current capacity of 82 million.

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