Changi Airport Group today released its initial plans for the development of Singapore Changi’s new $485 million (S$600 million) Terminal 4 and its proposal to enhance the capacity of the airfield to provide for more aircraft parking stands.
It claims that the projects will raise Changi’s capacity to 82mppa, ensuring that it is “well positioned to remain a major global aviation hub, ready to meet the challenges of growing passenger and aircraft traffic in the years ahead.”
In the following weeks, Changi Airport Group (CAG) will engage selected airport partners and members of the airline community operating at Changi on the T4 development and airfield enhancement plans.
Built on the site of the old Budget Terminal, T4 will initially boasting a capacity of 16mppa and serve both full service and low cost carriers.
CAG claims that the move to handle both legacy and low-cost carriers will ‘future proof’ the facility by ensuring that it is equipped to cater to changing airline business models.
The new two-storey complex will be 25-metre high and cover a total floor area of 160,000sqm and is being designed to guarantee the quick turnaround times of narrowbody aircraft.
The price for the T4 project rises to around $1 billion if the construction of additional parking stands, anciiliary buildings and support infrastructure are taken into account.
The airport insists that T4 will have a look, feel and ambience comparable to Terminals 1 and 2 and perhaps more importantly, will offer what passengers wanted more of in the Budget Terminal – passenger-friendly facilities and attractive commercial offerings.
To enhance passenger convenience, accessibility and experience, especially in adverse weather conditions, aerobridges will be available at T4’s boarding gates.
Road improvements will be made to ensure smooth traffic flow to and from the terminal. These will include a new road to funnel outgoing traffic directly from T4 onto the East Coast Parkway.
A multi-storey car park with spaces for 1,200 vehicles will be constructed next to the terminal, construction of which is scheduled to begin later this year in readiness for a 2017 opening.
CAG CEO, Lee Seow Hiang, enthuses: “Throughout its history, Changi has always stayed ahead of its capacity needs. This approach has underpinned Changi’s success as an air hub – an airport that passengers love and airlines appreciate.
“Along with the measures announced by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to improve runway capacity, our infrastructure investments over the next four to five years lay the groundwork for us to continue delivering a great Changi Experience and attracting more airlines to fly to Changi Airport.
“We are excited about these projects and look forward to their successful completion with the support of our many partners.”
• Read our exclusive inerview with Changi Airport Group CEO, Lee Seow Hiang, in the next issue of Airport World.