Singapore Expects to Open Yet Another Airport Terminal by 2030

Singapore Expects to Open Yet Another Airport Terminal by 2030

Singapore is transforming its infrastructure to fend off competition from the seas to the skies.

The island-city plans to begin operating its fifth terminal at Changi Airport, Asia’s second-busiest international aerodome, by 2030 to cater to growing travel demand, Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Transport Lam Pin Min said in parliament Thursday. A new shopping and retail attraction named Jewel, housing the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, will open next month at Changi.

Singapore has been investing to expand its airport, port and overall transport infrastructure as a swelling middle class in the Asia Pacific region allows an increasing number of people to fly and more trade crosses its borders.

Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport is opening in 2019. Image: Bloomberg
Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport is opening in 2019. Image: Bloomberg

Air-passenger traffic in the region is expected to more than double in the next two decades, the International Air Transport Association said.

Jewel Changi Airport will offer early check-ins, dining options as well as retail therapy for travelers and shoppers alike when it is open to the public in mid-April.
Walking trails, canopy mazes and slides at the top level of the facility will open later this year. Changi is also revamping existing terminals to allow it to handle more passengers and increase automation for its baggage system.
Changi Airport handled a record 65.6 million passengers last year, 5.5 percent more than in 2017.
Jewel's "multi-modal transport lounge" will offer ticketing and boarding pass and baggage transfer services, as well as early check-in facilities. Image: Architecture Daily
Where ships are concerned, Singapore expects to begin operating a new port in the western part of the island in 2021 when the first phase of construction is completed. The government is moving the port facilities to Tuas from its current prime location in a waterfront area near the central business district to free up space for development.

Singapore is also preparing to provide liquefied natural gas as fuel to vessels at its port by 2020, Minister Lam said. That’s when shipping companies will be required to meet more stringent global rules set by the International Maritime Organization to cut sulfur emissions, mostly through the use of cleaner fuel or by installing exhaust-cleaning equipment on board vessels.

Source : Bloomberg

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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