Changi Airport Group (CAG) has announced plans to temporarily close Changi Airport’s second runway from 25 October 2020 to complete work on the airport’s fifth terminal.

During the work, the airport will operate from the first and third runways.

Work will include construction of the fifth terminal, the Changi East Industrial Zone and supporting facilities. These are expected to complete by the early 2030s.

By the mid-2020s, the airport also plans to develop a three-runway system, which includes the construction of 40km of new taxiways and the extension of the existing third runway from 2.75km to 4km.

CAG expects a longer taxiing time for flights operating on runway three. The group stated that it ‘will work closely’ with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, airlines and other stakeholders to establish a smooth transition of operations.

The new passenger Terminal 5 (T5) is being developed at Changi Airport in order to enhance the airport’s capacity and meet anticipated future growth.

The new terminal is set to be one of the world’s biggest airport terminals.

T5 is expected to handle up to 50 million annual passengers in the initial phase of operation, increasing the airport’s total annual passenger handling capacity to 135 million.

The project will also add more than 100 additional aircraft parking stands at the existing airport.

In June, Changi Airport completed the final phases of its new £950m Jewel development.

Located at the gateway of Changi Airport, Jewel is a lifestyle destination developed by a joint venture between CAG and CapitaLand.