A new arrival hall opened in Terminal 1 (T1) of Singapore’s Changi Airport on April 24, increasing the terminal’s floor area by 35 per cent to 8,500m2.
The new hall is part of a larger expansion plan for T1, estimated to boost the terminal’s handling capacity to 24 million passenger movements per annum. The terminal served about 3.2 million passengers in the first quarter of 2018.
Within the arrival hall, a 460m2 garden has also opened, featuring palm trees of up to 15m in height, a feature pool and a diversity of flora incorporated with dragonfly topiaries and sculptures.
This is the airport’s first garden situated in the public area. It also offers a glimpse of the upcoming Jewel Changi Airport, which when open will be directly connected to the arrival hall.
Coming up, the floor area in the baggage claim hall will also be expanded by 90 per cent, with an increase from the current eight belts to 10.
Upgrades are currently being made to T1’s departure, arrival and baggage claim halls, with works including the replacement of check-in counters, implementation of Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST), interior design fit-outs and an expansion in floor space.
T1’s baggage handling system will also become fully automated with sortation capability to support automated check-in and automated bag-drop functions. An automated early baggage storage facility will also be implemented.