Simple Flying - Sumit Singh
Singapore Changi Airport is a valuable transit and cargo hub, connecting nearly 70 million passengers and over two million tonnes of cargo a year. The airline is now over four decades old, having adapted well to the ever-changing requirements of the global aviation industry.
A boost in passenger activity saw the need to expand airport infrastructure in Singapore. More than seven million passengers movements were conducted at the existing Payar Lebar Airport in 1980 alone. However, developing at the site would be a challenge due to government restrictions and potential noise pollution increase.
Therefore, in 1975, the government decided to build a new airport at the east end of the main island at Changi. The existing site of Change Air Base would be made accessible via land reclamation.