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Changi in front as Asia-Pacific airports race to expand

They are responding to sharp rise in air travel and prospects for future growth

It's fun to be here: By the middle of the next decade, Singapore's airport will have a third runway and two more terminals. Terminal 4, which is scheduled to open in 2017, will have a 300-metre-long shopping mall and greenery galore. - PHOTO: CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP

[SINGAPORE] Travellers passing through Changi International Airport here rarely have to wait long for bags or boarding. Unlike many other airports in this fast-growing region, Singapore's airport can handle far more than the 53 million travellers that embarked and departed there in 2013.