Changi to Close Budget Terminal

CHANGI AIRPORT Group (CAG), operator of Singapore/Changi International Airport, has announced that it is closing the Budget Terminal on September 25, 2012.  This will make way for the construction of a larger Terminal 4 which will help CAG meet the growing demand for air travel in the region.  After its closure, the former building will be demolished to make way for the new 16mppa capacity facility.  Construction work is due to start in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.  It has been designed to enable efficient passenger processing and quick turn-around of aircraft, although it will not be equipped with airbridges.  Unlike the terminal it replaces, the new facility will offer a wide choice of retail, food and beverage offerings as well as passenger amenities that will better serve the needs of travellers.
The Budget Terminal closure will affect Berjaya Air, Cebu Pacific Air, Firefly, South East Asian Airlines and Tiger Airways, which will move their respective operations to Terminal 2.  CAG says it will work with each to ensure a smooth transition when the time comes.  The existing Budget Terminal handled more than 4.6 million passengers during 2011.