Changi East will be Singapore’s most ambitious aviation project – here are 5 things to know

Construction site for Terminal 5 as seen during a media visit to the Changi East Development Site on Oct 9, 2018.
Singapore Press Holdings

The construction of a new passenger terminal in Singapore, Terminal 5, is set to take flight in 2020.

Changi East, including Terminal 5, will be developed next to the existing airport. The Changi Airport Group (CAG) has introduced a slew of announcements in the past few months. Here are five massive implementations that will be introduced.

1. Thousands more workers

On Oct 11, The Straits Times reported that 20,000 workers are expected to be based at the Changi East site. Currently, there are only 3,000 workers.

2. The largest expansion so far

According to CAG’s website, the Changi East development is Changi Airport’s largest expansion to date, covering 1,080 hectares. This means that it is as big as Sengkang New Town, with pavements as long as Singapore’s Pan-Island Expressway.

The total area of works is equivalent to 667 football fields and the total length of on-site drainage is equivalent to the length of 435 Mass Rapid Transit trains.

The Changi East development includes Terminal 5, a three-runway system, tunnels and underground systems, landside and aviation support facilities and The Changi East Industrial Zone.

The Changi East Industrial Zone, together with the remodeled Changi Airfreight Centre, will increase Changi’s cargo handling capabilities from 3 million tonnes annually today, to 5.4 million tonnes annually when the project is completed.

A Smart Air Cargo Hub, as CAG calls it.
Changi Airport Group

Focusing on automation, the future expanded air cargo hub will use data and technology to enhance the speed and efficiency in the movement of cargo.

3. The Changi East checkpoint

According to Changi Airport’s Facebook post, the Changi East checkpoint was launched last month to monitor human and vehicle movements in and out of the premises.

The checkpoint has six lanes.
Facebook / Changi Airport

The six-lane checkpoint can handle up to 500 vehicles per hour and 8,000 workers per hour.

4. The Changi East Command Centre (CECC)

The facility provides 24/7 safety monitoring over Changi East works within the airfield.

Staff in the CECC.
Facebook / Changi Airport

Contractors can keep an eye on the workers through video surveillance systems and electronic tracking.

Electronic tracking works when each worker entering the airfield is issued a transponder and when virtual fences are pre-programmed into a system. So, if a worker crosses the fence into the restricted area, an alarm will be triggered to alert the duty managers.

There is also a digital map which provides an overview of all ongoing works and key information such as the contact details of each project’s supervisor.

5. Smart Glasses

Ground inspectors can wear smart glasses which provide live footage and communications straight to CECC, according to Changi Airport’s Facebook post.

A ground inspector using a pair of smart glasses.
Facebook / Changi Airport

Duty managers can have better oversight of on-ground situations, on top of video surveillance systems.

Slated for completion around 2030, Terminal 5 will be able to handle 50 million passengers annually in its initial phase.

Terminal 5 will be linked to the other terminals at Changi Airport for ease of transfer between different terminals with airfield operational efficiency.