Comprising 28 staff, the ACC team takes turns 24/7 to manage aircraft operations at Changi Airport, such as the aircraft towing movement at the airside
Tuck Meng, who is part of the ACC team, works closely with airport partners to classify aircraft on ground into two categories – active and inactive aircraft. Active aircraft are parked nearer to the terminal building for easy access when these aircraft are used for flights. Inactive aircraft are not used for flights and are parked at remote stands and taxiways which are further from the terminal building.
When planning the parking positions of the various planes, Tuck Meng and his team ensures that every position at the taxiway is carefully drawn to provide sufficient clearing space for the safe parking and towing of the aircraft.
“We have to deconflict the areas within each taxiway used for aircraft parking with the ones that remain open for the use of live flights such as freighter flights,” said Tuck Meng.
As airlines need to conduct regular maintenance of aircraft, the ACC team also plans the sequence for aircraft towing from taxiways to maintenance bays.
When asked how he feels about his role, Tuck Meng shared, “It is important to ensure that aircraft at Changi are regularly maintained and ready to fly, and I am happy to play a role. I look forward to when flights resume at Changi Airport.”