The new, two-storey terminal is sited at the eastern side of the gateway and will allow Seletar to handle the scheduled turboprop flights currently served at Changi.
According to operator Changi Airport Group (CAG), the 9,500sqm building will be significantly larger than the existing terminal and boast a 500 square metre area dedicated to serving business passengers.
The new complex will open at the end of 2018 and replace the current terminal, which handled 26,700 passengers in 2015.
CAG reveals that the layout of the new terminal is "dictated by clean lines and a functional design to keep the travel experience simple and efficient for all passengers".
Passenger operations will take place on the ground floor, with a clear separation between the departure and arrival areas.
To handle scheduled commercial flights, the departure area will have four check-in counters, four immigration counters, two security screening stations and a gate holdroom which can seat close to 200 passengers.
CAG notes: "Departing passengers will be able to go through check-in, immigration and security screening in a fuss-free manner via a straightforward route, enabling a quick and stress-free boarding process for passengers.
"The departure area also features a café where passengers and well-wishers can get a quick bite".
Said to draw inspiration from its lush and serene surroundings, the new terminal will sport a modern tropical look on the façade and in the interiors.
"The design blends warm woody tones with a theme of nature, with a landscaped garden in the middle of the terminal. Accessible from the drop-off area at the entrance, the garden will provide a calm oasis for departing passengers and well-wishers," says CAG.
Seletar Airport's general manager, See Seng Wan, says: “We have made good progress with the redevelopment of Seletar Airport in recent years.
"Today’s groundbreaking for the new terminal is another milestone in our plans for the airport. We look forward to providing passengers with a new level of experience, in terms of comfort and convenience, when the terminal opens.”
While Daniel Ng, director (aviation industry) for CAAS, comments: "The expansion of Seletar Airport will accommodate the growth of our air traffic and optimise operational resources.
"The new passenger terminal building will also complement operations at Changi Airport and allow for more capacity.”
The S$50 million construction of the new terminal will be undertaken by Takenaka Corporation, which has been involved in various construction and upgrading works at Changi Airport, including the on-going development of Terminal 4.