Airport World - Staff Reporter

Singapore’s Transport Minister, S Iswaran, has announced that the construction of Singapore Changi’s planned Terminal 5 is set to resume in two or three years’ time, ensuring that it is operational by the mid-2030s.

Work on the project was halted in May 2020 when the global COVID-19 pandemic began to bite in Singapore, and passenger numbers at the gateway – like in much of the rest of the world – plummeted due to new health requirements and travel restrictions.

According to Iswaran, speaking at the Changi Aviation Summit in Singapore, the original designs of the new terminal have been updated since May 2020 and will continue to be fine-tuned to ensure that it is equipped to meet future demand.

In effect, this has meant that T5’s design has become “more modular and flexible” as a result of the pandemic, which has show just how quickly the operational requirements of airports can change in a crisis.

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