Changi Unveils T4 Plans

Changi Airport Group (CAG) has released its initial plans for the development of Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 and its proposal to enhance airfield capacity to provide more aircraft parking stands.
The terminal is expected to have capacity for 16 million passengers a year (mppa), increasing the airport’s total to 82mppa.  Located on the old Budget Terminal site, the two-storey building is planned to be 82ft-high (25m) 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 it will mainly handle narrowbody aircraft and offer a quick turnaround for flights.  Airside transfer between T4 and other terminals will also be available.
Landside, the airport will carry out road improvements and provide a multi-storey car park with space for 1,200 vehicles.
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.
More self-service kiosks are planned in the terminal, 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 anticipated.
At the same time as 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 earmarked for conversion to an aircraft parking area, large enough for 17 narrowbody and nine widebody stands.  An overhead bridge across Airport Boulevard is due for construction to allow vehicular access to the area from T4.  The development will increase parking stands at Changi by 24% to more than 180 and 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) to build 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.