WLCA ASIA: Changi prepares for long-term Asian growth

Singapore Changi Airport has set up a task force to investigate development of a fifth terminal at the booming airport as it prepares for continued long-term growth in the Asian market into the next decade.

T5 would take the airport's total capacity to 135 million passengers per annum, Lim Ching Kiat, senior vice-president market development, told delegates at World Low Cost Airlines Asia in Singapore. Last year the airport handled 54 million passengers, with a current total capacity of 66 million. "We currently have ample headroom but are planning for the future," he said.

Planning for T5 comes as work is under way on the new T4 which is on the site of the airport's former budget terminal. T4 will have a 16 million passenger capacity when it is completed in 2017.

Unlike its predecessor, T4 will not be dedicated to budget carriers, but rather all narrowbody operations as "the lines between low-cost carriers and full service carriers are increasingly becoming blurred".

Emma Kelly, Asia-Pacific correspondent, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net

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