Saturday, 9 September 2017

Opening date set for T4 at Singapore's Changi Airport

photo to Changi Airport Group
The opening date for the new Terminal 4 at Singapore's Changi Airport has been set for 31st October according to the  Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

This new development is seen by many as a major milestone in the airport's development and will greatly enhance both passengers experience of the airport with increased technology and energy efficiencies.  

For the first time at the airport, there will be special a special facial recognition system which aims to capture passenger’s photo at different locations, centralized security screening, as well as start-to-end self-service options for check-in and other functions.

Announcing the opening date on Facebook the transport minister Khaw Boon Wan said that since the completion of construction last December, T4 has undergone extensive trials. So far the airport has completed over 100 trials, involving up to 2,500 airport staff along with 1,500 volunteers. Mr Khaw said “After endless rounds of testing and fine-tuning, we are ready to open T4. 

"Nine airlines – the AirAsia Group, Cathay Pacific Airways, Cebu Pacific Air, Korean Air, Spring Airlines and Vietnam Airlines  – will operate from the new terminal."

photo to Changi Airport Group
 Cathay and Korean Air are scheduled to be the first two airlines to move into their new home from 31st October. They will be followed by Cebu Pacific and Spring Airlines from 2nd November and  Vietnam Airlines and the AirAsia Group will start using the terminal from 7th November. 

The first flights using the terminal are currently scheduled to be operated by Cathay Pacific, with the first arrival being CX659 from Hong Kong arriving at 5.40am. Following a rapid turnaround, the aircraft will operate flight CX650 heading back to Hong Kong at 6.50am, the first departure from the new terminal. 

Tan Lye Teck, Changi's executive vice-president for airport management, said “The past months have been a very crucial period for us as we conducted intensive tests and trials, not only to ensure that the systems work well, but also to understand how passengers navigate the new terminal, including interacting with initiatives such as self-service options which may be less familiar to them.”

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