Singapore’s Changi Airport and their ruling body – Changi Airport Group (CAG) have revealed their expansion intentions for the enhancement of terminal four which will increase traveller capacity and speed up flight turnaround time.
The new terminal four will be constructed on the site of the old concourse and it is anticipated that this development at Changi will be able to handle 16 million passengers per year – part of an overall figure of 82 million that pass through the entire hub annually.
It was confirmed by the CAG that the reconstructed terminal four won’t act as a direct replacement for the existing operations but will instead handle narrow-bodied aircraft, in turn speeding up the rotation of short-haul flights meaning swifter transit on holidays to Singapore.
The CEO of CAG, Lee Seow Hiang heaped praise on the directive, claiming that the authority has been smart in pre-determining traveller trends stating “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.”
Passengers who embark on the new terminal four will be overwhelmed by a two-storey structure covering 160,000m² and travelling to and from the facility will also prove more efficient with an upgrade of the surrounding roads scheduled meaning increased access to the East Coast Parkway – an important artery road in the region.
It is expected that the entire project will cost around SG$600 million with a further outlay of $680m designed to improve infrastructure of the airfield and surrounding roadways.
Changi possesses good year-on-year stats with 51.2m passengers dealt with in 2012 – a 10 per cent rise from 2011’s figure.