Singapore's Changi Airport to get new T5 'mega-terminal'

Singapore's Changi Airport to get new T5 'mega-terminal'

Singapore's sprawling Changi Airport is set to get bigger – much bigger – with the opening of a new T5 terminal built to handle as many as 50 million passengers per year.

The city-state's Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew confirmed plans for the new super-sized T5 facility overnight, although the terminal won't open until sometime in the next decade.

Construction of a fourth terminal for the airport is still underway, with T4 – built on the footprint of Changi's old Budget terminal – due to begin operation in 2017.

Specific details on T5 are expected to be unveilled by year's end as part of Changi's long-term masterplan.

Alliance-based terminals?

However, it's tipped that three of the terminals could become home for all airlines belonging to a specific alliance such as oneworld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam in order to speed connections, minimise transfers and boost shared facilities such as lounges.

Singapore Airlines is likely to be T5's foundation customer, in which case T5 would also be the natural home for SQ's Star Alliance partners such as ANA, Lufthansa, SWISS, Thai Airways and United.

"Going forward, I think if we got more terminals, we are going to see Sky Team at one terminal, One World at another and Star Alliance at another" predicts Leithen Francis, Asia editor of Aviation Week.

"We are not going to have a situation which we see at the moment where some Star Alliance carriers are at Terminal 2 and some at Terminal 1, and some at Terminal 3, and they kind of spread around" Francis told ChannelNewsAsia.

"They will be able to have their lounges near one another so that the passengers will have a much more seamless experience when you fly in on one airline and you transfer to another, which is part of the same alliance."

Noting what he described as "fundamental shifts" in the global aviation landscape, Lui said "Changi Airport needs to respond to these changes, and take advantage of them where we can, to capture our share of the growing pie and cement our position as a leading aviation hub."

Plans are also being drawn up to expand the airport's third runway, which is currently dedicated to the Singapore Air Force, for use by commercial flights.

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

7 comments

  • Rumps

    Rumps

    9 May, 2013 06:25 pm

    And yet somehow, we can't even get a second Sydney Airport up and running. Oy.

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  • Jason Masters

    JPMasters

    9 May, 2013 07:09 pm

    Nor does Sydney airport have any viable plans for the development of the existing Sydney Airport - the grand plans announced for major redevelopment have been scrapped.

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  • Waynec

    Waynec

    10 May, 2013 12:39 am

    The absence of a 2nd Sydney airport or a greatly improve Sydney aiport on the exsiting site with a new runway or enhanced runway movement can be attributed to inaction by politicians who are unwilling to commit to a project that may loose them critical votes in airport communities and areas surronding the airport. Furthermore, a new airport is very expensive and there may be funding issues even if the project is approved.

    If nothing is done alleviate the situation at SYD, SYD will eventually reach its full capacity and become another capacity constrained aiport like LHR.

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  • GaryOak

    GaryOak

    6 Nov, 2014 10:41 pm

    At least they are starting now.... they are trying to kick people out who live around the new airport area.... so slowly but surely... its will be done

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  • JBH

    JBH

    10 May, 2013 10:32 am

    And this is why SIN/Changi is rated No:1 in the world - you have to hand it to them for their vision, planning and investment in the future. Terminal 4 hasn't even been built and the plans are on the table for T5 - amazing.  Other regional operators take note!

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  • Al Glidden

    AlG

    10 May, 2013 10:47 am

    I'd rate HKG ahead of SIN, JBH, but Changi's always in the 'top three' of Asian airports and you're dead right that they know how to plan ahead in SIngapore, although that is pretty much due to the Government being in control of everything, they do the same with their MTR lines and stations, planning decades in advance instead of the Aussie way of waiting until years after they were needed and then announcing the first of many studies into things!

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  • Al Glidden

    AlG

    10 May, 2013 10:47 am

    I'd rate HKG ahead of SIN, JBH, but Changi's always in the 'top three' of Asian airports and you're dead right that they know how to plan ahead in SIngapore, although that is pretty much due to the Government being in control of everything, they do the same with their MTR lines and stations, planning decades in advance instead of the Aussie way of waiting until years after they were needed and then announcing the first of many studies into things!

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