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Changi Airport's Terminal 5 is one of the key programs under the Changi East development.

Given the many significant uncertainties about the future of the aviation industry during the initial onset of the pandemic, Singapore's Changi International Airport made the difficult decision to pause the construction of the fifth passenger terminal in May 2020.

After a long-awaited two years, Transport Minister S Iswaran announced plans for resumption today at the inaugural two-day aviation conference known as the Changi Aviation Summit. The summit hosts over 300 global aviation leaders, senior aviation executives, and policymakers.

The target was to hit 50% of pre-pandemic levels by year-end, and the number is likely to exceed it, considering the 40% mark has already been crossed. Thus, construction is scheduled to begin in two to three years, enabling the government to express confidence that the fifth terminal will be ready to help meet passenger demands by the mid-2030s. The new completion timeline still means the project is relatively on schedule, despite being halted by the pandemic.

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