First Passenger Flight at Paya Lebar
On 28th October 1959, a Qantas’ Boeing 707 jetliner touches down at Paya Lebar Airport on its inaugural Kangaroo Route flight from Sydney to London.
By 1960, Paya Lebar Airport is handling more than 300,000 passengers and 30,000 aircraft movements a year. It welcomes 11 airlines operating 125 weekly flights. Visitor arrivals to Singapore hit 100,000.
Over the next two years, the runway at Paya Lebar Airport is extended from 2.4km to 2.7km. This makes it one of the longest runways in Asia.
A BRIGHT FUTURE
Future of Changi
Today, Changi Airport is renowned for its unrivalled passenger experiences, which have become synonymous with global connectivity, clockwork efficiency and unique, thoughtful services.
As the number of passengers we welcome continues to rise, and the needs of those passengers become increasingly sophisticated, our challenge is to raise our standards even higher.
It’s a challenge we are already embracing, with creative solutions and signature experiences that will redefine air travel for generations to come.
Passenger traffic at Changi Airport is expected to grow by 3–4% every year for the next 20 years. At this rate, current airport capacity will be reached by the late 2020s.
The Changi East development is a response to this expected growth. It’s a bold strategy to maintain Changi Airport’s and Singapore’s competitive edge for the long term.
With a new, third runway, one of the world’s largest mega terminals, and a range of exciting new facilities, Changi East will ensure Changi Airport is equipped to accommodate and delight ever more passengers and their ever-increasing demands.
Singapore Changi Airport, one of the best airports in the world, is an interesting case study on how we continue to achieve excellent business performance while providing an exceptional passenger experience. As one of the leading airport consultancy companies, we focus on building a strong foundation of growth for our business partners.
THE BUSINESS OF AIRPORTS
Singapore Changi Airport’s outstanding business performance, operations and infrastructure have attracted numerous requests for aviation consultancy services from overseas airports. Changi Airports International (CAI) was incorporated in 2004, and its airport management consultants have been making a difference to airports around the world.