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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today (Feb 6) condemned the Singapore government for charging extra fees to pre-pay for Terminal 5. IATA Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac made public his criticisms at the Singapore Air Show today:

“The IATA is strongly against any pre-financing of any infrastructure. We shouldn’t pay first without having the infrastructure ready to be operated and used by airlines and by the users.”

In Dec 2017, the Singapore Transport Ministry has earlier announced through it’s state media Straits Times that all travellers will have to pay up to S$15 extra per trip to finance the construction of Terminal 5. The state media also reported that charges for airlines, including parking and landing fees, are expected to rise by about 30%:

“Fees and charges for travellers flying out of Changi Airport and airlines operating there could increase from as early as next year. This is to help pay for the future Terminal 5 (T5), which is slated for completion around 2030.”

Changi Airport Group, a Temasek Holdings-owned company, said that Singaporeans have to “chip in” to pay for the new airport that has no price tag. According to the state media, Terminal 5 will be the “most ambitious” compared to billion-dollar projects like Garden By the Bay and Project Jewel.

The Singapore government will be raising more taxes this month in the coming Budget, to raise funds for Terminal 5.