Changi's take-offs pick up the pace

Changi's take-offs pick up the pace
Changi Airport Terminal 1’s departure hall.

SINGAPORE - Travellers flying out of Changi Airport are facing fewer flight delays than before.

In the 12 months until the end of March, the number of late take-offs fell by 40 per cent compared with the same period before that.

And this is despite the airport handling more flights, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in its latest annual report released yesterday.

While the actual number and length of delays were not revealed, CAAS said the improvements were down to the close cooperation among the regulator, the Changi Airport Group (CAG), which manages the airport, and airlines.

Complaints about long delays of more than half an hour before take-off and landing started surfacing about two years ago.

Since then, new measures have been put in place.

One of them is to cut the minimum interval between aircraft take-offs where possible.

During peak hours, for instance, a plane now takes off every minute instead of the two minutes previously.

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