Watch out Terminal 2 you’re about to get some new housemates! That’s right the newly remolded Terminal 2 that still lacks amenities compared to the surrounding Terminals
at Singapore’s Changi International airport is going to play home to Singapore’s Low Cost Carriers over the new few years. In 2013 the “budget Terminal” which is more of a oversize
warehouse with doors that lead to the tarmac will be torn down and replaced by a larger and more updated terminal which will be referred to Terminal 4, dropping the name “budget”
|the departure hall empty, a big box of nothing|
The Budget Terminal isn’t even that old, but it’s not Singapore quality by any means. The current Terminal was built in 2006 and has the capacity to move 7 million
passengers annually. However the number of LCC at SIN is growing rapidly and last year 26% of aircraft movements at SIN were done by LCC.
SIN’s administration is preemptively building the new terminal for they see massive growth in teh LCC market, and carriers in the region (SEAir, Silk, Tiger, Jetstar Cebu
pacific, tiger, Air Asia, Lion Ai,r Firefly, etc) all have large orders placed for more aircraft, and more aircraft = more traffic = more space is needed for these jets. Due to this growth,
the oversize one room warehouse with a few gates and even low cost, budget oriented shops will be flattened and a newer a nicer terminal will be built and be in full operation by
The New terminal at SIN will be more on pare with other facilities across the airport and will be two levers, one for arrivals and other for departures. It will also include medium and
high end shopping and retail along with a number of other amenities that travelers have became accustomed to while traveling through the nicer and newer airports throughout Asia.
As the Move to Terminal 2 may be hectic at first, there is a number of benefits to this move by the LCC. Currently Terminal 2 has the capacity of 23 million. yet it is only operating at
just over half that (throughput in 2011 was only 13 million). By adding all the LCC into T2, this will still only increase traffic by ~5 million, keeping it well within the range
of capacity as the new terminal is built.
Furthermore, this is great new for travelers who are transiting through Singapore and connecting from a legacy full service carrier to a budget carrier. In the current
mess, one must clear customs (even if not staying in Singapore), and then take the train or bus (bus during the late hours and early morning hours) from the main airport (T1,T2,T3) to the
satellite Budget Terminal. With the swift move to T2, travelers without baggage will be able to easily walk off one plane and use the transfer desk to check in and board the next flight without
ever leaving the secured area. This will not only save time, but increase comfort, for anyone who has spent time in the singapore airport knows its a utopia of roof top gardens, middle and high end
retails and restaurants, spas, video games consoles(for free), movie rooms, internet/computer stations, a butterfly garden and more! Singapore airport is a place one can get lost for
hours an never be board!
I applaud Singapore for making these changes! T2, although not the best of terminals is a HUGE upgrade from the current big box Budget Terminal. No artist renditions or plans have been
released yet for T4, but if it’s anything like T1 or T3, you know it’s going to be good!