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MAR 2014

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INTERNATIONAL 16 GROUND SUPPORT WORLDWIDE • MARCH 2014 "Consistent standards are crucial for the airport to become a top airport," says Ivan Tan, spokesman for Changi Airport Group. "This is a proactive step towards ensuring that the airport continues to provide a high level of service to users even as traffc grows." The five companies remaining are from what were originally seven com- panies that had been performing ground handling duties at the airport prior to a review of work standards. Over the past three decades, CAG has successfully established the country's Singapore Changi Airport as one of the world's premiere airports as well as made investments and provide management of commercial airports throughout the world. LONG HISTORY CAG has offcially managed XSB since 2009, but the airport has a long history. The airfeld was built by the British just before the WWII, but was a Royal Air Force station as far back as 1928. It served as the Singapore's frst civil airport in the 1930s. The airport's current runway was actually built during the Japanese Occu- pation of WWII. After the war, Seletar returned to service as an RAF base until 1973. The facility was eventually handed over to Singapore aviation authorities. In recent years, business aviation in Singapore has increased signifcantly. Aircraft movements have increased at a compounded annual growth rate of about 21 percent from 2007 to 2011. This re- fects rising demand for private jet travel in Asia, as well as Singapore's attrac- tiveness as a fnancial and business hub. Since 2008, XSB has also been under- going construction to improve the air- port's infrastructure, including an exten- sion of its sole runway and construction of the Seletar Aerospace Park, an industrial park catering to the aviation industry. When the airport upgrades are com- F ive ground handling companies will receive licens- es next month to offcially operate at Seletar Air- port for the next two years. The review of ground handling services as well as safety practices was part of CAG's long-term strategy to position Seletar Air- port into a top business and general aviation airport. Seletar Airport Sets Standards For Ground Handling Changi Airport Group prepares to make XSP Singapore's top business and general aviation airport and prunes the number of licensed ground handlers who make the grade. By Steve Smith The review of ground handling services as well as safety practices was part of CAG's long- term strategy to position Seletar Airport into a top business and general aviation airport. CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP gsm_16-17_International_V3.indd 16 3/11/14 9:01 AM

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