Posted on: 01 March 2012 by Mark Howells
Changi Airport Group (CAG) is to close Singapore Changi Airport’s Budget Terminal on 25 September 2012, after which it will be demolished to make way for the construction of a larger facility to cater to the continued growth at the airport.
The new terminal, to be known as Terminal 4, will have a capacity of 16 million passengers a year. While it will be designed to enable efficient passenger processing and quick turnaround of aircraft – there will be no aerobridges – unlike the Budget Terminal, T4 will have a wide choice of retail and food and beverage offerings as well as passenger amenities.
To enable T4’s construction, airlines currently operating in the Budget Terminal will move to Terminal 2 and will start operations there from 06:00 hours on 25 September 2012. The affected airlines are Berjaya Air, Cebu Pacific Air, Firefly, South East Asian Airlines and Tiger Airways. CAG will work with these airlines to ensure a smooth transition of their operations, and will endeavour to minimise inconvenience to passengers as far as possible.
The Budget Terminal handled more than 4.6 million passenger movements in 2011. While Changi Airport, with a total capacity of more than 70 million passengers a year, still has room to accommodate air traffic growth, CAG is planning ahead to ensure there is the capacity on the ground to handle increased demand.
Construction of Terminal 4 will begin in 2013 and the new terminal is expected to be ready by 2017.