Singapore’s Changi Airport Will Get New Terminal
Singapore’s Changi Airport is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. It held the top spot in the annual Skytrax ‘World’s Best Airports” ranking for years in a row until 2021. In 2022, it landed in third place on the list, behind Hamad International and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
The airport is a destination in itself, which is why it’s also considered the best in the world for layovers.
But as travelers return post-pandemic, Changi Airport is expected to get even better. Details have been revealed for Terminal 5, which is described as a social extension of Singapore rather than just another transportation hub.
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said during the summer that T5 will add capacity for about 50 million passengers per year. That’s a big number considering that current capacity stands at 82 million passengers per year.
Construction of T5 will start in about two years, and it is expected to welcome passengers in the mid-2030s. As Changi Airport’s largest expansion project to date, the 2.47 acres Changi East development includes:
- Changi Airport’s fifth terminal, Terminal 5 (T5)
- A three-runway system
- The construction of tunnels and other underground systems
- Landside and aviation support facilities
- The Changi East Industrial Zone
Plans for the new terminal were put on pause for two years because of the Covid pandemic. During that time, long-term prospects for air travel were reassessed and the design was improved.
One of those improvements includes accounting for recent pandemic challenges. Smaller sub-terminals are an integral part of the design, as an effort to create a safe environment and reduce the transmittance of diseases. That will allow officials to isolate passengers from different flights to limit cross infection if necessary.
Terminal 5 is designed to accommodate and facilitate the deployment of technology, such as autonomous vehicles and baggage handling robots that automate airport operations and enhance the passenger experience.
Global architecture firms KPF and Heatherwick Studio, which designed the new terminal, say that it will look like a series of neighborhoods “an intuitive extension of Singapore itself.”