Space to grow at Seletar Aerospace Park
Built by the British in 1928, Seletar Airport in the north of the island served as a British military base until 1968.
Today, Seletar is a secondary airport used largely by flying schools and private charter companies. It is currently home to about 30 aerospace companies such as ST Aerospace, Jet Aviation, Fokker Services Asia, Hawker Pacific Asia and Execujet.
This historic landmark is being transformed into a leading-edge, world-class aerospace facility designed to meet Singapore and the region’s burgeoning aerospace needs. Spread over 300ha, the dedicated industrial park will host a wide range of activities including:
- Aerospace Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO)
- Design and manufacture of aircraft systems, components, and potentially light aircraft
- Business & general aviation activities
- Regional aerospace campus, which will house educational and training institutes and research facilities
The new Seletar Aerospace Park will also have an upgraded airport designed to support industrial and business aviation activities. This will include a 1,800-metre runway, aircraft parking areas and an engine run-up bay. Seletar is located approximately 30 minutes from the city and 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, making it very accessible.
Several dominant international aerospace players have already signed on to anchor this unique development. Pratt & Whitney is establishing an MRO campus at Seletar. Homegrown ST Aerospace, which is the largest, third-party MRO company in the world today, has opened new hangars for airframe maintenance and modifications, including passenger-to-freighter conversions.
Rolls-Royce, a major supplier of aircraft engines, is setting up a futuristic plant to manufacture engines for large aircraft. “Our world-class Facility of the Future at Seletar Aerospace Park will break boundaries in terms of operational and environmental efficiency and be our distinctive showcase in Asia,” Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, said on 19 February 2008 at the company’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Companies that site themselves at the Seletar Aerospace Park stand to reap the many synergies from being in an integrated environment. The benefits include economies of scale and increased efficiency. There is also significant scope for new industry collaborations through the park’s shared infrastructure, and close proximity of suppliers, customers and partners within a tightly-knit aerospace business community.