Fact sheet on Changi
Airport's preparations for A380 operations.
In preparation for the Airbus 380
(A380) operations to Singapore Changi Airport in 2006, the Civil
Aviation Authority of Singapore has been carrying out modification
works to the existing airport infrastructure as well as
incorporating A380 requirements in the design and construction of
Terminal 3. The preparation works include the following:
Widening of runways'
shoulders and runway-taxiway, taxiway-taxiway intersections
As the A380 aircraft is wider and
heavier than the Boeing 747-400, Changi Airport 's existing
airfield needs to be modified to the design requirements
stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation for
Code F aircraft.
At Changi Airport, the existing
runway length of 4,000 metres and width of 60 metres meet the
requirements for A380 operations. Our existing separation
distances between runways, taxiways and nearest obstacles also
meet international norms specified for A380 operations.
However, we have widened the
existing runway shoulders by 4.5 metres on each side so as to
allow the A380 aircraft to operate safely. We are also widening
the aircraft pavement at runway-taxiway and taxiway-taxiway
intersections to allow pilots to manoeuvre the giant A380 aircraft
safely at the turns.
Modification of Taxiway
Shields have been installed along
each side of a taxiway bridge to contain the effect of the A380
jet blast. Similar shields are being installed at another taxiway
bridge at Changi Airport.
Modification of Gates
To facilitate passengers' movements
from the terminal buildings to the aerobridges, existing fixed
gangways (which link the gate holdroom to the aerobridge) are
being modified at the designated gates for A380 operations. Each
of these gates will also be installed with an additional fixed
gangway and a third aerobridge. They are also enlarged to serve
the increased number of passengers that the A380 will carry.
Two of the existing gates, F31 and
E5, in Terminal 2 are now A380-compatible. Similar works have been
scheduled to modify five gates in Terminal 1 and four other gates
in Terminal 2. Terminal 3 will have eight gates that can serve
A380 flight operations when the terminal opens. In all, Changi
Airport will have 19 enlarged gate holdrooms to accommodate A380
Extension of baggage belt
To accommodate the larger volume of
arrival baggage from A380 flights, the presentation frontage of
existing baggage belt carousels in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 is
being extended to about 90 metres. Extensions to three of the four
belt carousels in Terminal 2 serving A380 flights have been
completed. As for Terminal 1, two belts will be lengthened by next
year. Four belts in the upcoming Terminal 3 will be custom-made to
serve A380 flights. In all, Changi Airport will have ten baggage
claim carousels to accommodate A380 flights.
Construction of new
Two new A380-compatible
freighter aircraft stands and two new A380-compatible remote
aircraft parking stands have been constructed.