As airlines reduced their flights due to tighter border controls across the world amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the aircraft from Singapore-based airlines are now parked in Changi Airport’ s airside. Although some of the aircraft have been shifted to overseas storage facilities, there are still around 200 planes parked in Changi. However, the issue is there are only about 180 aircraft parking spaces on the tarmac.
To accommodate the additional aircraft on ground and to support ongoing flight operations, our colleagues from the Airport Operations. Planning and Airside Division had to innovate and use Changi’s taxiways to park all these planes.
Working with airlines such as SIA Group and their aircraft maintenance company, all aircraft on the ground are categorised into two common groups. Planes categorised as ‘Active’ are those that continue to be used for flights, while planes categorised as ‘Parking’ are not flying during this period. This information is used to draw up the master parking plan, which allocates ‘Active’ planes to be parked at contact aircraft stands and remote aircraft stands for easier access. ‘Parking’ planes are assigned to taxiways and remote aircraft stands bays that are further away.