Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew played a pivotal role in developing Singapore into an international aviation hub, SIA chief executive Goh Choon Phong said.
In a message to SIA staff on Monday on Mr Lee's passing, Mr Goh highlighted that Mr Lee had a keen interest in SIA's development over the years.
Mr Goh wrote: "Mr Lee's bold decisions, such as to build Changi Airport to replace Paya Lebar Airport, gave Singapore the solid foundation upon which to develop a thriving aviation industry, which contributes significantly to Singapore's economic advancement."
Mr Goh went on to say: "His vision enabled Singapore to grow into a pre-eminent global air hub, and for Singapore Airlines to prosper as a world-leading international airline."
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