According to a study based on a projected average air traffic growth of five per cent per annum conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore’s Changi Airport; with its two-runway configuration and enhancement measures taken, will have sufficient capacity to meet anticipated growth until at least 2018.
The study concluded that Changi Airport is capable of handling up to 430,000 aircraft movement annually, a 40 per cent increase over 2011. Changi Airport handled more than 300,000 aircraft movement in 2011.
CAAS had commissioned a year-long holistic study to examine the airport’s air traffic capacity potential and measures to undertake to support the anticipated growth. Working with the consultancy arm of NATS, the United Kingdom’s main air navigation service provider, the study used Heathrow Airport as its benchmark, as it shares many similarities with Changi Airport.