SINGAPORE - Changi Airport Group (CAG) has awarded a $1.12 billion contract to develop a three-runway system that will allow for more flights to be handled.
Changi, which currently operates two runways, plans to add a third landing and take-off strip as part of the development of Changi East which will also include the new Terminal 5.
The third runway, currently used for military flights, will be lengthened and connected to the existing two runways to handle commercial flights.
In an announcement on Thursday evening (Oct 22), CAG said the contract has been awarded to a joint venture formed by Samsung C&T Corporation and Koh Brothers, and is the first of several for the runway works.
The entire project will be completed by the early 2020s.
The scope of the current contract includes pavement and drainage works, security fencing and perimeter roads, mechanical and electrical works, as well as supporting works such as road diversions.
Other works to be carried out, including the construction of canals and drainage systems that will keep the runway and taxiways free of surface water and prevent flooding.
To support a three-runway operations at Changi Airport, airfield specialised systems including airfield lighting, surveillance and detection systems will also be installed as part of the works.
Ancillary buildings including airfield lighting control centres, as well as a fire station and rescue facilities will also be developed.
Mr Yam Kum Weng, CAG's executive vice-president (air hub and development), said: "In addition to terminal capacity, airfield capacity is a critical determinant of an airport's growth potential. Hence, the operationalisation of a three-runway system is a crucial part of Changi Airport's development plans."