Singapore airport has given the task of preparing a master plan for the development of the industrial zone around the airport to three consulting firms. The aim of the master plan is to determine the value and growth potential of the airport’s freight transportation.
Changi Airport Group (CAG) was founded in Singapore at the start of July 2009, with the task of administrating Singapore Changi Airport and Singapore Seletar Airport. The head office of the business, which provides work for 1,600 people, is in Terminal 2 of Changi Airport in Changi.
Changi Airport is the 6th busiest airport in the world, servicing more than 100 international airlines and passengers from more than 70 countries. In 2013 the airport moved 53.7 million passengers; ten times the population of Singapore itself. To continue being able to compete on an equal footing – particularly with south-east Asian rivals quickly developing to eat market share – Changi plans to expand its capacity and services offered to improve both its passenger and its freight offering.
To be able to meet its ambitious expansion plans within the freight segment, the airport’s management team has developed an airport ‘master plan’. The most important points: the expansion and redesign of its cargo complex as well as the technical development of the airplane maintenance area. The master plan involves the development of new areas as well as the re-appropriation of already existing areas. As part of the master vision created by CAG, there is a detailed master plan about the future of industrial zones on airport grounds. With industrial area aspect of the expansion plans being handed over to a consortium of three consulting firms: Districon (lead consultant), Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) and Surbana. The project, which started in September 2014, is expected to be completed in June 2015.
Districon is a specialist in supply chain management and is responsible for the providing master and operational knowledge of cargo logistics. NACO, which is a subsidiary of Royal HaskoningDHV, will provide knowledge of airport planning. Surbana, a Singaporean consultancy, will deliver knowledge about real estate.