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Lion City's new air cargo facility to boost annual capacity to 5.4m tonnes


A new airfreight facility to be built as part of the Changi East project will increase Singapore's air cargo handling capacity from 3 million tonnes to 5.4 million tonnes per year, according to Shipping Gazette.
Named Changi East Industrial Zone (CEIZ), the new facility will consist of air freighter terminals, air cargo express facilities and hangars for maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) services. The new facility will be employing data and technology to improve work flow processes.
The Economic Development Board (EDB) said this is timely as the airport recorded its highest air cargo volume last year at 2.12 million tonnes - breaching the 2-million mark for the first time, Channel NewsAsia reported.
"This strong growth that we are experiencing right now in the air cargo sector, puts us in a very good position to grow and transform the sector. And in terms of what we have seen in the deployment of technology, digitalisation and automation in companies like SATS on the ground, jobs will continue to be transformed," said Carol Chong, director of logistics in EDB.
She added that this transformation has to be supported by upskilling efforts. "It is a sector that has very strong dependency on labour. So automation and digitalisation will actually pave the way for more manual and labour-intensive jobs to be augmented... And create more meaningful and purposeful job roles, functions and activities for the workers of the future."
Changi Airport Group's managing director of air hub development, Lim Ching Kiat, said: "We are also trying to get new capabilities for Changi's cargo handling by introducing robotics and more autonomous vehicles, and other technologies that will potentially lead to more efficient ways of handling cargo, and maybe result in paper saving and more efficiency for our cargo airline and cargo partners."
Changi's key air cargo pillars are in the fast-growing sectors of pharmaceuticals, perishables and e-commerce.
Phase one of CEIZ's construction is expected to be completed by 2030. It will eventually merge operations with Changi Airfreight Centre via connecting taxiways. The CEIZ will be also built next to the upcoming Terminal 5, to support smoother transactions with the airlines.

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