Changi Airport Group (CAG) has unveiled its
initial plans for the development of Changi Airport’s Terminal 4
(T4) and its proposal to enhance the capacity of the airfield to
provide for more aircraft parking stands.
In the following weeks, CAG will engage
selected airport partners and members of the airline community
operating at Changi on the T4 development and airfield enhancement
T4, with a planned capacity of 16 million
passenger movements a year, will raise Changi Airport’s handling
capacity to 82 million a year (plans to expand capacity at
Terminal 1 will raise Changi Airport’s capacity by another three
The new terminal, to be built on the old Budget
Terminal site, will be a two-storey building with a height of 25
metres and a gross floor area of about 160,000 square metres.
To cater to the future needs of airlines as
their business models evolve, T4 will be designed with the
flexibility to meet the operational needs of both regional full
service and low cost carriers. It will primarily handle narrow
body aircraft and be designed to enable quick turnaround of flights. The airside
transfer of passengers and baggage between T4 and the other
terminals will also be provided for.
T4 will have a look, feel and ambience
comparable to Terminals 1 and 2. Importantly, it 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.
Productivity and Efficiency
In light of expected manpower challenges that
Changi Airport’s groundhandlers and service partners will face, T4
will feature initiatives to increase productivity of resources and
improve efficiency of processes. For instance, departure and
arrival immigration control as well as pre-boarding security
screening will be centralised for more efficient deployment of
manpower and equipment.
In line with the trend of self-service options
at airports around the world, T4 will provide more kiosks for self
check-in, self bag-tagging and self bag-drops. As use of these
options increases, airlines and their groundhandling agents will
be able to reduce processing times and staffing required for each
flight, improving productivity.
The streamlining of processes at
key touch points including check-in, immigration and security
through the use of technology and fast and seamless travel
initiatives is being explored to make T4 more user friendly to
Unlike at the former Budget Terminal, baggage
sortation at T4 will be fully automated, again to reduce reliance
on scarce manpower. The baggage handling system will also be
equipped with the latest technology to enable heavy and odd sized
bags to be handled with ease even by older workers.
Airfield Capacity to be
Concurrent with the development of T4, major
airfield works will also be undertaken at Changi Airport to
increase the number of aircraft parking stands to support the
needs of all airlines operating at Changi.
A 38-hectare land plot south of Terminal 3,
housing the airport nursery as well as a reservoir, will be
converted into an aircraft parking area to house 17 narrow-body
and nine wide-body aircraft stands. An overhead vehicular bridge
across Airport Boulevard will be constructed to enable buses and
other airside vehicles to move from T4 to these aircraft stands.
Including new aircraft stands to be constructed at the T4 site,
the number of parking stands at Changi Airport will be increased
by 24% to more than 180.
With the additional built-up and paved
surfaces, major drainage works will also be undertaken – including
the construction of a new reservoir – to prevent flooding in the
event of torrential rainfall.
The estimated budget for the T4 building is
about S$600 million with another S$680 million estimated for the
construction of additional parking stands as well as supporting
airfield infrastructure, security requirements, specialised
airport systems, ancillary buildings, and road and drainage works.
Construction of T4 will begin this year with the terminal expected
to be ready in 2017.
Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CAG’s Chief Executive
Officer, said, “Throughout its history, Changi Airport 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
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successful completion with the support of our many partners.”