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     Changi Airport first outside Europe to welcome Airbus A380

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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 Bridges

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 flights.

Extension of baggage belt carousels

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 freighter/remote stands

Two new A380-compatible freighter aircraft stands and two new A380-compatible remote aircraft parking stands have been constructed. 

(Updated as at 11 November 2005)

Note: Code F aircraft refers to a new category of aircraft type with a wing span measuring up to 80m and an outer main gear wheel span measuring up to 16m.

Source: Press Release 11 Nov 2005