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Preparing for the Future


Being a leading aviation hub does not mean that we can rest on our laurels. In addition to monitoring current trends, we envisage potential and future developments to keep ahead of the times.

Industry Conferences and Events

To maintain our relevance to the ever-changing demands of the aviation industry, we organise and host international fora, summits and conferences. These events bring together leading officials from governments, regulators and industry players. Key conferences include:

  • Aviation Leadership Summit (ALS)
    The ALS brings together governments and stakeholders in commercial aviation to engage in a discussion on major developments and challenges confronting the aviation industry. This biennial event is held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow.
  • World Civil Aviation Chief Executive Forum (WCACEF)
    The WCACEF is an exclusive forum for Director-Generals of civil aviation authorities and Chief Executives of airports and air navigation service providers. The forum provides a platform to discuss how today’s decision-makers can show leadership, build partnerships, and embrace best practices amidst present challenges. It will also highlight approaches for building organisational resilience to overcome adversity and formulate strategies for recovery.

Through industry events that foster debate and the exchange of knowledge and views we are able to gain insights from the very best minds in the aviation industry.

Planning Infrastructure Ahead of Demand

Our master planning process ensures that there will be sufficient capacity ahead of demand as we continue to upgrade and expand our airport and air navigation services infrastructure. These measures support Singapore’s continued growth as an aviation hub in view of the increased opening up of the air services sector and growth of air traffic volume in the Asia-Pacific.

Corporatisation of Changi Airport

To prepare ourselves for future challenges in the aviation industry, we have adopted an open mindset to the idea of re-invention for continuous progress.

On 1 July 2009, we corporatised Changi Airport and restructured Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). The objective of these changes was to enable Changi Airport to be more nimble and responsive to emerging business opportunities, and provide greater flexibility for Changi Airport to compete with rapidly-improving competitor airports.

We have also put in place a robust and comprehensive regulatory framework to align the corporatised airport company’s interest with our national aviation interest. This alignment of management philosophy with overall aviation trends will propel Changi Airport even further ahead of our competitors and prepare it for the next phase of growth.

Aviation Environment Protection

Aviation environmental protection and climate change are global issues that will profoundly affect the development of the aviation industry and the global economy in the long term. We seek to maintain the delicate balance between aviation environmental protection and the growth of our aviation industry.

As a responsible aviation player, we are committed to finding means to reduce our carbon footprint through the joint efforts of key aviation industry stakeholders:

  • Our airlines use modern fuel-efficient aircraft and are also active participants of green initiatives that aim to reduce aviation emissions.
  • Our air traffic services provider has implemented various enhancements to improve the flow of air traffic, allowing aircraft to fly optimum routes and experience better fuel savings.
  • Changi Airport has implemented features to enhance energy efficiency for airport operations, bringing about a reduction in energy consumption.