Singapore. Changi Airport Terminal 5 will start its construction in 2025, according to Transport Minister S Iswaran.
To improve passenger experience and productivity, Changi Airport will leverage technology.
According to Iswaran, land preparation and drainage works on Changi East were already completed. In the later part of the decade, the third runway is also set to be finished.
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Changi Airport Terminal 5 construction was put on hold for two years because of the pandemic.
Additionally, the government will add S$2 billion to the Changi Airport Development fund. The new terminal is also designed to be energy-efficient and pandemic-ready, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Operational plans have also been laid out to manage the growth of passengers and flights.
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Currently, the aviation workforce is at 90% of pre-pandemic levels. Full recovery is expected to be made this year. Meanwhile, flight and passenger volumes are at 80% of pre-pandemic levels. It is expected to recover by next year or earlier.
To push for the improvement of the aviation sector especially when it comes to sustainability, the Singapore government will establish an Aviation Sustainability Programme worth S$50 million. This will provide funding for sector-wide projects and company-level projects.
“Examples of projects which the Aviation Sustainability Programme could support include the adoption of novel or more energy-efficient airport systems and/or equipment; optimisation of airport processes to enhance operational efficiency and sustainability of key processes, such as reducing aircraft turnaround time or improving airside vehicle movements; and transition to cleaner energy sources such as testing of new alternative or low carbon fuels,” shared Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore in a media release.
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