The Changi Air Base (East), or Changi East Complex is a new facility extending the facilities of the Changi Air Base, the existing facilities hence renamed Changi Air Base (West). Ground breaking took place on 15 July 2002 on a 2 square kilometre site of reclaimed land east of the Singapore Changi Airport, and was officially opened on 29 November 2004. It has a runway length of 2,748 metres (9,015 ft).
Its location gives it an advantage over other airbases like Tengah Air Base or Paya Lebar Air Base. The F-16 jets from Changi can make a faster trip out to training areas over the South China Sea, compared to their counterparts from other air bases. The 145 Squadron can save as much as five to seven minutes in travel time, which means they also save on fuel and cut down on costs.
In the future, the runway will be extended for the expansion of Singapore Changi Airport.