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SINGAPORE’S SELETAR AIRPORT has completed
a runway extension as part of a major upgrade
project designed to position the airport as a
niche facility for business aviation, general
aviation and maintenance, repair and overhaul
The airport’s runway was extended by 250
metres to 1.84km, which allows it to support
larger jet operations and heavier take-off weights.
The extended runway is one of a number of
airport infrastructure improvements planned for
completion in 2014. They include a new control
tower and fire station, a significant increase
in the number of parking stands, additional
taxiways, upgraded aircraft parking aprons and
an instrument landing system.
The upgrade work started at the end of 2008.
During the runway-extension work, some activities,
including medical evacuation and some business
jet operations, were temporarily transferred to
Singapore’s main Changi Airport. Seletar Airport
resumed normal activities in mid-September.
Changi Airport Group (CAG), which manages
Seletar, says that Singapore has seen strong
growth in the business aviation sector, with
aircraft movements increasing at a compounded
annual rate of 17 percent from 2007 to 2010.
This growth is expected to accelerate, driven
by a rise in private-jet usage in Asia and the
Singapore Government’s efforts to develop
Seletar Aerospace Park into a leading-edge
“We are committed to developing Singapore
into a leading aviation hub. The transformation
of Seletar Airport, and its surrounding areas into
Seletar Aerospace Park are part of this. They
will support the aviation industry to tap Asia’s
strong growth momentum to expand business
aviation, general aviation and aerospace
activities in Singapore,” says Yap Ong Heng,
director general of the Civil Aviation Authority
of Singapore. – Emma Kelly.
CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP
SEOUL’S INCHEON AIRPORT will start
construction of its second passenger and cargo
terminal in May 2013, after selecting a design
by Heerim Architects and Planners.
The second terminal is due to be open in
early 2018, coinciding with the 2018 Winter
Olympic Games, which are due to be held in
Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February of that
year. The new terminal is part of the airport’s
US$4.1 billion expansion plan.
The new, 350,000-square-metre passenger
terminal, to be located 2.8km north of the
existing terminal and connected to it by an
underground train link, will cost US$1.4 billion.
The project will also include a new US$2.7
billion cargo and logistics terminal.
The new terminal will boost the airport’s
capacity to 62 million passengers and 5.8
million tonnes of cargo a year. With its existing
terminal the airport is capable of handling 44
million passengers and 4.5 million tonnes of
cargo a year. Passenger traffic at the airport is
expected to maintain an annual growth rate of
6.5 percent on average.
Selection of a design for the new terminal
follows continued growth in traffic at the
airport, with Incheon registering a 6.1 percent
increase in August to 3.44 million compared
with the same month a year ago. Aircraft
movements climbed 5.3 percent to 20,400, but
cargo traffic fell 4.1 percent to 205,000 tonnes.
On 15 August, the airport once again broke
its daily passenger throughput record, with
121,974 passengers arriving and departing the
airport, breaking the previous record set on 31
July of 120,254 passengers. – Emma Kelly
Seoul selects design for second terminal
NEWS IN BRIEF
SHENZHEN AIRLINES launched the first scheduled
services to the new Chinese airport at Aershan,
Inner Mongolia, in August. The airport, which
features a 2,400m runway capable of handling
Boeing 737s, was completed late last year and
opened for charter services earlier this year.
Shenzhen is connecting Aershan with Beijing. The
opening of the airport will play an important role
in building traffic in North East China and East
Inner Mongolia, the Civil Aviation Administration
of China says.
AUSTRALIA’S SYDNEY Airport has completed a
A$26 million (US$25.5 million) runway-resurfacing
project and has started on a A$25 million project
to install stop-bar lights. The resurfacing was
an essential safety project that involved major
maintenance work on the main north-south
runway, the east-west runway and some taxiways.
The installation of stop-bar lights at the taxiway
entries to the three runways is a safety initiative
designed to prevent aircraft from inadvertently
entering a runway without air traffic control
clearance. The project is expected to be completed
TAIWAN’S BUSIEST airport, Taiwan Taoyuan
International Airport, has become the first in the
country to install common-use self-service (CUSS)
kiosks in the first stage of an end-to-end self-
service vision for the airport. The project involved
the installation of 52 SITA S3CUSS kiosks which
allow passengers to check in for flights on All
Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China
Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EVA Airways, Dragonair,
KLM and TransAsia Airways from any kiosk. The
airport is now discussing self-service bag drop and
boarding solutions with SITA.
PASSENGER NUMBERS at India’s airports rose
almost 16 percent in June compared with the
same month a year earlier, reaching 13.7 million,
according to the Airports Authority of India.
Domestic traffic rose 19 percent to 10.4 million
while international traffic climbed 6.8 percent to
3.23 million. Total aircraft movements increased
11.7 percent to 125,000. Freight traffic,
however, fell for the month, by 1.4 percent to
Seletar completes runway extension,
targets new business aviation role
The extended runway supports operations by larger and heavier aircraft.
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