Seletar Airport set to become dual-use airport

Seletar Airport, which has traditionally catered to business and general aviation users, has received a Temporary Occupation Permit for its new passenger terminal.

The development will see the business aviation hub, which is located in northeast Singapore and managed by Changi Airport Group, become a dual-use airport with the introduction of commercial turboprop aircraft.

Preparations are on track for the terminal to begin operations by the end of this year.Constructed and fitted out at a cost of about S$80 million, the new terminal building will be six times larger than the current terminal. It is designed to handle 700,000 passenger movements a year, in anticipation of growth of air passenger traffic in the coming years.

“The new passenger terminal will provide Seletar Airport with the capacity it needs to handle the upcoming growth of aviation activities in the years ahead. We look forward to providing passengers with a brand new experience and a more efficient process flow for both scheduled and non-scheduled flights,” said Khoh Su Lim, deputy general manager of Seletar Airport.

The new passenger terminal features an enlarged departure and arrival area, which is designed to handle scheduled commercial flights. The departure area will have four check-in counters, six immigration lanes, two security screening stations and a spacious gate holdroom, which can comfortably accommodate around 200 passengers.

Business and general aviation passengers will be separated from commercial passengers with their own dedicated facilities and check-in area.

On the airside, passengers will be able to board their flights conveniently with three aircraft parking stands next to the terminal. This will enable quick and efficient access to aircraft and subsequently operational efficiency and a faster aircraft turnaround time.

The new terminal is due to become operational at the end of 2018. Firefly, the Malaysian turboprop operator which currently offers flights to Subang, Ipoh and Kuantan from Changi Airport will shift its operations to Seletar.

Written by: Chloe Greenbank

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