THE budget terminal at Singapore’s Changi Airport is to close on 25 September to make way for the construction of a new Terminal 4 building.
Airport management said the new terminal building will enable capacity of up to 16 million passengers a year, compared to the 4.6 million passengers processed through the existing budget terminal last year.
The existing facility is also unable to accommodate wider-body aircraft such as the A330, which many more low-cost airlines have begun using in recent years to fly mid-haul routes.
T4 will mark a shift away from the Budget Terminal’s no-frills, down-market image with construction set to start next year and due for completion by 2017.
New work is also due to commence on the Park Royal Hotel on Singapore’s Beach Road, as it undergoes a renovation to its function room facilities between May 2012 and March 2013.
In the meantime, the adjacent Furniture Mall Building is to be converted into a state-of-the-art meeting facility, comprising two ballrooms and three smaller meeting rooms.
The scope of work includes the partial demolition of the Furniture Mall building and the removal of the internal floors, but the overall building structure will be maintained.
The swimming pool will be closed from May to December 2012, but guests can transfer on the shuttle bus to use the swimming pool at the Park Royal on Kitchener Road.
Pictured are some of the many skyscrapers in Singapore.