CAAS launches new initiatives to boost productivity and efficiency at Changi Airport

- Changhai, Singapore

With the continued strong growth of air traffic and planned investments in new
infrastructure at Changi Airport, key airport processes will need to be transformed to raise labour productivity and operational efficiency at the airport. CAAS has therefore launched two new initiatives – Passenger Self-Service Adoption Programme and Aviation Problem-Based Challenge – under the S$100 million Aviation Development Fund1 (ADF).

Passenger Self-Service Adoption Programme (PSAP)

In collaboration with the Changi Airport Group (CAG) and the airport community,
CAAS aims to encourage airlines to participate in providing self-service check-in and bagdrop services for passengers departing from Changi Airport. The airport community stands to benefit from the automation of these processes through improved labour productivity and the reallocation of manpower to deal with more complex service requests. Through the self-service services, passengers can perform the check-in function online, via mobile applications or at mobile kiosks at the airport, as well as print boarding passes and baggage tags at the kiosks, without the need for assistance by passenger service agents at check-in counters.

CAG has announced that it will cover the cost of installing the mobile kiosks at
Changi Airport. CAAS has allocated a budget of S$2 million from 1 June 2013 to 31
March 2015 to incentivise airlines to move to self-service check-in and bag-drop under the PSAP. The funding will go towards defraying some of the costs that airlines will incur in implementing the self-service, such as the development of software and related consultancy services, purchase or lease of related equipment, and development of online and mobile check-in applications.

Mr Ho Yuen Sang, Managing Director, Tiger Airways, said, “The PSAP is a step
forward in making pre-flight procedures more convenient and seamless for passengers departing Changi Airport. PSAP will help Tiger Airways increase our operational efficiencies, and enable us to channel our resources towards other ground operations to better serve our customers.”

Aviation Problem-Based Challenge (APC)

CAAS has also launched the APC to challenge the industry and relevant
stakeholders to develop innovative solutions for the long-term development and
sustainability of the industry. The APC will be a competition-based programme that will tap on the collective knowledge and expertise of the industry and academia to find means and ways to address identified problem statements.

The first challenge under the APC is to develop automated equipment and
processes to improve the loading and unloading of baggage onto narrow body aircraft, which is a labour-intensive process. CAAS is inviting proposals to develop working prototypes or proofs-of-concept for the complete automation of this process. A budget of S$10 million has been set-up to fund shortlisted proposals. The winning concept will also receive a cash prize of S$500,000 and additional support for the actual implementation of the solution.

Mr Foo Sek Min, Executive Vice President (Corporate), CAG, said, "The APC
encourages innovation and collaboration and CAG will certainly look for ways to tap it to improve productivity at Changi Airport. We hope that the funding aspect of APC would also encourage smaller industry players and academia, perhaps constrained by resources, to come forward with good ideas that will benefit the air hub."

The new initiatives by CAAS were announced by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for
Transport, at the annual Aviation Community Reception (ACR) organised and hosted by CAAS today. At the ACR, CAAS also unveiled a new Singapore aviation brand – Singapore, Heart of Aviation – to further promote Singapore as an aviation hub of choice.

Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, announced CAAS’ new initiatives - the Passenger Self-Service Adoption Programme (APSC) and the Aviation Problem-Based Challenge (APC) - at the annual Aviation Community Reception.


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