A myriad of activities take place at the airside of Changi Airport, away from the eyes of travellers. Luggage and cargo containers, in-flight meal trucks, engine servicing trucks and tow tugs traverse the tarmac between the planes and the terminals. Vehicles fitted with various special equipment for safety checks on the runways and taxiways, and to keep the airport free of wildlife are driven out further into the airfield for various critical safety tasks.
With all these vehicles constantly moving about the airside roads, ever wondered how it is like to drive or to move around at the airside of Changi Airport? Driving at the airside, as it turns out, actually involves a much more stringent set of guidelines than driving on the roads of Singapore.
Airside roads at Changi Airport
Unlike the usual public roads, the airside roads in Changi Airport are classified under the Road Traffic and Protected Areas and Protected Places Act. Drivers have to meet a certain set of requirements before they can obtain an Airfield Driving Permit, which allows them to drive in the airside of Changi Airport. Besides holding a valid Singapore Driver’s Licence, potential drivers would also need to possess an airport security pass and have no colour vision deficiency. Drivers aged 65 and above would also have to obtain a medical certificate for visual acuity.
Armed with these basic requirements, potential drivers must then pass a theory test to demonstrate their understanding of Airfield Rules, signage and various driving restrictions. The last step would be to pass the airfield driving test, after which drivers will be issued with an Airfield Driving Permit, valid up to two years.
For the majority of us who would never have a chance to drive in Changi’s airside, here are five fun facts about driving or vehicles in used in this special area.
1. Only red or yellow vehicles are allowed to enter runway/taxiways