$1.75b Changi Airport's Terminal 3 will be ready in 2008
SINGAPORE: Changi Airport's Terminal 3 will be ready in 2 years and there are more plans to take the "Changi Experience" to a new high said Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong at the $1.75 terminal's topping out ceremony.
This was Mr Yeo's last official event before he relinquished his Cabinet portfolio on Tuesday.
Located just across Changi Airport's Terminal 2, the new Terminal 3 is the largest of the lot - comparable to 63 football fields.
Its architecture and design concepts are also different, employing an environmentally-friendly theme.
The unique roof - the first in an airport - features 900 skylights fitted with reflector panels to regulate lighting within the terminal, and it is expected to help cut electricity bills by $500,000 a year.
"We constructed a mock up of the actual dimension, a 15m long, 15m wide and 18m high mock up to test the concept of the butterfly lourves and the skylight we planned to use at Terminal 3. That mock up proved successful and we tested it for a year, the lighting quality and the ambience in the mock up was very suitable and meet our requirements," said Koh Ming Sue, Senior Engineer, Airport Planning Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
Another highlight is a 5-storey high vertical garden called the "Green Wall".
Upon completion, there will be trains shuttling between 7 stations within the 3 airport terminals and a high-speed baggage transfer system.
Some 70 percent of the project has been completed but the road to realising Terminal 3 hasn't been a smooth one.
Incidents like the financial crisis, September 11 attacks and SARS affected the progress of construction.
Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said the next step is to upgrade Terminal 1, and he did not rule out the prospect of having a Terminal 4.
The topping out ceremony of Terminal 3 also has a special place in his heart.
"This has been one of my favourite babies, even though I am out of office and no longer a minister, I'll make sure I watch the baby grow up and I'll be back, either to visit or as a user," said Mr Yeo.
Terminal 3 will have a handling capacity of 20 million passengers a year, boosting Changi Airport's capacity to 64 million passengers in 2008. - CNA /dt
"Shanghai accelerates work to become air hub" www.chinaview.cn 2006-10-03 08:50:51
SHANGHAI, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's economic hub Shanghai is speeding up construction efforts to make itself a major international air service hub.
Work has begun recently on a main road leading to the Pudong International Airport, while the groundwork and water drainage projects have been appraised for its third runway, according to sources with the Shanghai Airport (Group) Ltd.
The new runway that is being built is to be 3,400 meters long and 60 meters wide, capable of accommodating large jet aircraft including the Airbus A380-800. It will be put into use before Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympics, the sources said.
The road is scheduled for completion in 2007, the sources added.
The airport also has its second terminals and western cargo area under construction, which are due to be finished at the end of next year.
In line with Shanghai's plan, the Pudong International Airport will eventually have five runways, three terminals and two supporting halls, with an annual handling capacity of 80 million passengers and 5.7 million tons of cargo.
Meanwhile, Hongqiao airport will have two parallel runways and two terminals, with an annual handling capacity of 30 million passengers and one million tons of cargo, the sources said. Enditem
In 2003 Doha International Airport and the Government of the State of Qatar announced a masterplan for a new $2 billion Doha International Airport to be built to the east of the current airport. The following year construction began on the new state-of-the art Airport. When completed, it will have two parallel runways and an estimated capacity to handle and process nearly 12 million passengers every year. The terminal will have 24 contact gates in the first phase and will accommodate up to six A380-800 Super Jumbos when fully developed. The complex will also include three high-star classification hotels for the convenience of visitors.
Until the new airport is opened, the existing airport will be significantly upgraded to handle the increase in passenger growth. When the new airport does open, it will position Qatar as a leading regional aviation hub. The 2,200-hectare airport site will be developed in three phases, with work on phase one begun in 2004 and final completion of the ultimate development scheduled for 2015.
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Billing itself as the world's largest airport and logistics center, "Dubai World Central" would be twice the size of Hong Kong Island, with an airport, office and residential zones and a golf resort. A light rail system would link the city's zones.
The region's biggest airport, Dubai World Central will include:
* 6 parallel runways, 4.5km in length, each separated by a minimum of 800m * Three passenger terminals including two luxury facilities one dedicated to airlines of the Emirates Group, the second to other carriers and the third dedicated to low cost carriers * Multiple concourses * 16 cargo terminals with a 12 million ton capacity * Executive and Royal jet centres * Hotels and shopping malls * Support and maintenance facilities: the region's only hub for A, B and C Checks on all aircraft up to A380 specifications * Over 100,000 parking spaces for airport staff and passengers * Dubai World Central International Airport and the existing Dubai International Airport will be linked by a high speed express rail system * Dubai World Central International Airport will also be served by the Dubai Metro and a dedicated Dubai World Central light railway