Construction has commenced on the new Terminal 4 at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
To be built on the site of the former budget terminal, T4 will be a two-storey, 25-metre-high building with a total floor area of 195,000m². The terminal’s showpiece will be a 300-metre-long ‘Central Galleria’, which separates the public and restricted areas of the terminal.
The T4 transit area will incorporate traditional local design elements, including shops with facades resembling old Peranakan shop houses, while there will also be a walk-through retail area. In total, T4 will feature more than 15,000m² of shopping and dining space.
The new terminal will also offer a range of self-service technologies, including self-service check-in kiosks and baggage drop areas.
Expanding the capacity of the old budget terminal, T4 will feature 17 stands for narrow-body and four for wide-body aircraft, serving both low-cost and full-service carriers. All gates will come with aerobridges.
A further 17 narrow-body and nine wide-body aircraft stands are being built at a plot of land south of Terminal 3, in preparation for an increase in capacity. A bridge will be constructed to enable buses and other airside vehicles to move across T4, transporting passengers to these remote parking bays.
With the ability to handle 16 million passenger movements a year, T4’s completion in 2017 will bring Changi’s total capacity to 82m passengers per year.
“Terminal 4 is set to challenge and redefine the way we travel. We have conceptualised and designed the terminal for passengers who view the time spent at the airport as very much part of their travel and holiday. Hence, we are introducing new breakthroughs that will enhance their travel experience and excite them at the same time,” said Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group.
“Despite its relatively small size, our vision is for T4 to be an iconic terminal, setting new benchmarks – for passenger experience, operational efficiency and manpower productivity for our airport partners. We look forward to welcoming passengers to T4 in 2017 with a new Changi Experience; one that will continue to be personalised, stress-free and positively surprising,” he added.
Changi will expand even further in future years, with the redevelopment of Terminal 1 as part of ‘Project Jewel’, which will eventually raise the airport’s capacity to 85m passengers per year.