GIVING Changi Airport a third runway is proving more challenging than expected.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said the soil condition at the site is poor.
“Land preparation will take a significant amount of time, as we have found out from recently-completed extensive tests that the soil condition on site is very much more poorer than expected.”
Based on current plans, the government expects all three runways – the two existing ones and a third landing and take-off strip – to be operational around the early 2020s.
Apart from runway capacity, Changi is also adding capacity to handle more passengers.
The airport, which handled 53.7 million passengers last year, expects to grow by about 4 to 6% for the rest of the decade. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network