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Aviation industry to get S$100m boost to raise productivity

Singapore's aviation industry is getting a S$100 million boost to raise productivity. The Airport Productivity Package will see the money used to pay for two new programmes over four years.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's aviation industry is getting a S$100 million boost to raise productivity. The Airport Productivity Package will see the money used to pay for two new programmes over four years.

The Airport Productivity Steering Committee has set an annual productivity growth target of three to four per cent.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said the figure, which is about twice the national target, expresses the ambition of Singapore's airport community to address the challenges of a limited manpower environment. He said the community is already taking steps to raise productivity through self-service options and automated services for passengers.

However, more of such transformative productivity initiatives are necessary. For companies that may find it difficult to test new technology, help -- in the form of a S$100 million package -- is on the way.

Speaking at the Aviation Community reception on Friday (July 18), Mr Lui said: "The package includes a S$20 million funding programme for the adoption of new airport equipment, as well as close to S$17 million for two Aviation Challenges that aim to develop innovative solutions to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Singapore aviation ecosystem.

“The package was developed in partnership with the aviation community, and I understand that several companies have already signalled their intention to tap on the package.”

At the event on Friday, a memorandum of understanding was also signed among the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, National Trades Union Congress, Singapore Workforce Development Agency and Employment and Employability Institute to improve job redesign programmes for airport staff and to adopt progressive wages. 

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