To help facilitate the construction of its largest expansion projects, Singapore's Changi Airport will shut down one of its runways starting next year.

According to the Changi Airport Group, the airport will shut down one of its runways (02C/20C) - located between the current terminals and the Changi East construction site - while construction work for the new Terminal 5 complex takes place. The runway closure will start in October 25, 2020.

To help accommodate the air traffic during the Terminal 5 construction period, the airport will utilize a third runway (02R/20L) which has been used exclusively for military operations as part of the Changi Air Base. To accommodate the large commercial aircraft, the runway has been extended from 2750m to 4000m.

Image Credit: Changi Airport Group

While no timeline is set for the completion of Terminal 5 and the reopening of the 2nd runway, travelers and pilots could expect a longer time on the ground on aircraft using the third runway.

To meet the growing needs of aviation industry in the region, Changi Airport's Terminal 5 project is expected to add a capacity of 50 million passengers for the overall airport per year. With a construction area around 1080ha located east of the airport, the new Terminal 5 will be larger than the area covered by the existing passenger terminals (Terminals 1/2/3/4) and the Changi Jewel combined. When completed, the airport will get another 100 parking spaces for aircraft and with three runways.

According to Airports Council International, Changi Airport handled around 65 million passengers in 2018 and was the 7th busiest airport for international traffic.

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