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POST TIME: 6 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
IATA chief warns about rising cost of airport expansion
AFP

IATA chief warns about rising cost of airport expansion

AFP, SINGAPORE: The “skyrocketing” costs of expanding airport infrastructure must be controlled to keep flight tickets affordable, the boss of airline industry group IATA warned yesterday.

Alexandre de Juniac called for more modest developments to keep construction costs down and avoid landing customers with higher prices which would hit demand.

De Juniac cited the proposed 14 billion pound ($19.8 billion) cost of a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport and the construction of a fifth terminal at Changi Airport in Singapore as prime examples of vastly expensive projects.

“The cost of infrastructure is skyrocketing,” he told reporters ahead of the Singapore Airshow this week.

“When we look at the numbers of Heathrow for the third runway, we are

very, very, very worried. Even the numbers for T5 in Singapore are very high,” he added, without disclosing a figure for Changi Airport’s expansion.