Changi Unveils T4 Plans

Map showing location of Terminal 4 and aircraft apron area to be developed. (Changi)

Map showing location of Terminal 4 and aircraft apron area to be developed. (Changi)

Changi Airport Group (CAG) has released its initial plans for the development of Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 and its proposal to enhance the capacity of the airfield to provide more aircraft parking stands.
 
Better than budget
T4, with a planned capacity of 16 million passengers a year (mppa), will increase the airport’s total capacity to 82mppa.  Located on the old Budget Terminal site, the two-storey building is planned to be 82ft (25m)-high with a floor area of 1,722,226sq ft (160,000m2).
The terminal will be designed to meet the operational needs of both regional full service and low-cost carriers.  Changi anticipates that it will mainly handle narrowbody aircraft and offer a quick turnaround for flights.  Airside transfer between T4 and other terminals will also be available.
According to the airport, the terminal “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, Changi plans to install aerobridges at T4’s boarding gates.
Landside, the airport will carry out road improvements and provide a multi-storey car park with space for 1,200 vehicles.
 
Productivity and efficiency
Plans include initiatives to increase productivity and improve efficiency.  For example, the airport plans to centralise departure and arrival immigration control as well as pre-boarding security screening, for more efficient deployment and manpower and equipment.
There will be more self-service kiosks in the terminals, with a view to reducing processing times and staffing in the future.  The airport also revealed that it hopes to streamline processes at check-in, immigration and security.
Fully automated baggage sortation is also planned.
 
Airfield Works
Concurrent with the T4 development, major airfield works are planned to increase the number of aircraft parking stands.
A 93.9-acre (38-hectare) land plot south of Terminal 3, currently housing the airport nursery and a reservoir, is planned for conversion to an aircraft parking area, large enough to hold 17 narrowbody and nine widebody stands.  An overhead bridge across Airport Boulevard is planned for construction to allow vehicular access to this area from T4.  With this development, parking stands at Changi will be increased by 24% to more than 180.
Major drainage works are planned, including the construction of a new reservoir.
The estimated budget for T4 is about S$600 million (US$484.3m) with an additional S$680 million (US$548.9m) for the construction of the parking stands, as well as supporting airfield infrastructure, security requirements, specialised airport systems, ancillary buildings, and road and drainage works.
Construction is due to begin this year, with completion expected in 2017.
CAG’s Chief Executive Officer, Lee Seow Hiang, commented:  “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 forward to their successful completion with the support of our many partners.”