Spanning a massive 1,080 hectares, the Changi East development will provide future capacity for Changi Airport to ride on the projected growth in air travel. The development will serve to secure Singapore’s air hub status and ensure its continued competitiveness and relevance.
As Changi Airport’s largest expansion project to date, the development includes:
- Changi Airport’s fifth terminal, Terminal 5 (T5)
- A three-runway system
- The construction of tunnels and other underground systems
- Landside and aviation support facilities
- The Changi East Industrial Zone
A Smart Air Cargo Hub
The future expanded air cargo hub will be smarter, more connected and more efficient. The use of data and technology with a focus on automation will reduce processing time, and improve productivity and cargo visibility.
Strategic infrastructure planning will ensure greater operational efficiency, with dedicated lanes for autonomous guided vehicles. Direct access to freighter aircraft from cargo and express terminals will also speed up cargo flows.
With environmental and workplace sustainability in mind, the new air cargo hub will feature eco-friendly handling equipment, convenient amenities and a land transport network for staff.
The above information is accurate as of August 2022.
Terminal 5 (T5) will be located within the 1,080-hectare Changi East development, and will be able to handle about 50 million passenger movements per year. T5 will be designed with the flexibility to be built in two phases, in line with traffic growth, and is expected to be operational around the mid-2030s. It will secure Singapore’s capacity to ride on the long-term growth of aviation, strengthening Changi Airport’s position as a premier air hub for the region and beyond, and ensuring that future generations of Singaporeans can continue to benefit from Changi’s global connectivity.
T5 will reinforce Changi Airport’s status as a national icon and ensure that the airport will continue to be a place of shared experiences across generations of Singaporeans, where precious memories are forged with friends and family.
Drawing on lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic, T5 has been designed with the flexibility to operate as smaller sub-terminals when needed. Specialised provisions to reduce the transmission of diseases will also be deployed in T5, including contactless systems at passenger touchpoints and enhanced ventilation systems.
A SUSTAINABLE TERMINAL
T5 will be a Green Mark Platinum Super Low Energy Building, as certified by the Building and Construction Authority. To reduce its carbon footprint, solar panels; smart building management systems; and district cooling combined with thermal energy storage will be deployed. T5 will also be ready for environmentally friendly solutions such as providing fixed ground power and cooling, as well as viable alternative fuels including the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel for aircraft.
A TECHNOLOGICALLY DRIVEN TERMINAL
T5 will be designed to accommodate and facilitate the deployment of technology, such as autonomous vehicles and baggage handling robots, to automate and digitalise airport operations, to enhance the passenger experience and increase manpower productivity. This will provide local enterprises with an opportunity to build capabilities in new, emerging areas such as robotics and artificial intelligence, and ultimately create quality jobs for Singaporeans within the airport ecosystem.
2013 - The Changi 2036 Steering Committee, which was established to develop a holistic long-term plan for the expansion of Changi Airport, announces its recommendations to construct Terminal 5 (T5) and implement a three-runway system at Changi.
2014 - Land preparation works for Changi East and planning for T5 begin, including functional design studies and concept development for the terminal.
2015 - CAG launches the first of several packages of works to put in place the three-runway system. The works include pavement works, drainage works, security fencing and perimeter roads, mechanical and electrical works, as well as supporting works, such as major services and road diversions.
2018 - CAG announces the appointment of the Master Building Consultants (MBC), to provide architectural design and engineering consultancy services for the development of T5. The Master Civil Consultants (MCC) are also appointed, to provide consultancy services for the design of infrastructure at the landside and airside areas outside of the T5 buildings.
2020 - A two-year pause of the T5 project is announced, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim is to assess the impact of Covid-19 on aviation growth, learn from the pandemic experience, and review T5’s design to meet the needs of post-pandemic travel.
2022 - The resumption of work on the T5 project is announced. MOT, CAAS and CAG have taken the opportunity of the two-year pause to comprehensively review the T5 design to make it more modular, resilient and sustainable. Construction of T5 will commence in about two years for T5 to meet the anticipated demand for air travel around the mid-2030s.