Seletar Airport, Singapore’s secondary civilian gateway, has completed the 250-metre extension of its runway to allow for bigger aircraft.
The runway extension project forms part of the airport’s multi-year upgrade project – expected to be completed by 2014 –which will include a new control tower and fire station, an increased number of parking stands, additional taxiways, upgraded aircraft parking aprons, as well as an instrument landing system.
The gateway, which is managed by Changi Airport Group (CAG), is positioning itself to become a niche airport for business aviation, general aviation and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities.
According to CAG, Singapore has seen strong growth in the business aviation sector recently, with aircraft movements growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 17% from 2007 to 2010.
Meanwhile, the growth in traffic at Seletar Airport is also expected to continue in the coming years, driven by the increase in private jet usage in Asia, as well as the Singapore government’s efforts to develop Seletar Aerospace Park into a world-class facility.
The upgrading works to improve the airport’s infrastructure began at the end of 2008, and with the completion of the runway extension, Seletar will resume normal operations with effect from tomorrow (15 September).
Yap Ong Heng, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), said: “We are committed to developing Singapore into a leading aviation hub. The transformation of Seletar Airport, and its surrounding areas into the Seletar Aerospace Park are key parts of this.
“They will support the aviation industry to tap Asia’s strong growth momentum to expand business aviation, general aviation and aerospace activities in Singapore.”