Singapore to restart work on new airport terminal as passengers return

Singapore, May 17 (BNA) The Minister of Transport in Singapore said today, Tuesday, that Singapore will resume construction of a fifth terminal at Changi Airport after a two-year hiatus, with regional and global air and passenger traffic recovering from the epidemic.

Transport Minister S. Eswaran, addressing an aviation summit on Tuesday, said traffic doubled in May compared to March, reaching about 40% of pre-pandemic levels.

“Given the current and expected recovery in air travel demand, we have renewed momentum to secure our infrastructure’s ability to grow,” he said.

Singapore is one of the major travel hubs in Asia and saw more than 68 million passengers pass through Changi Airport in 2019.

He added that the government halted work on the last leg two years ago due to the pandemic to reassess the aviation growth trajectory and revise the terminal’s design to meet post-pandemic travel needs.

Eswaran said the city-state plans to start construction of Terminal 5 in two to three years to be ready to meet the expected demand in the mid-2030s.

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