Singapore Airport Upgrades

Officials open a Budget Terminal at Changi Airport

By: J.L. Erickson

With a growing number of budget carriers linking Singapore and other Southeast Asia destinations, officials have opened a Budget Terminal at Changi Airport.

The no-frills terminal offers cost savings for airlines which also are passed on to travelers, who can save more than 50 percent on the airport’s passenger service charge, Singapore officials said.

The terminal, a five-minute shuttle ride from Changi’s two main terminals, still offers common airport features including food and beverage outlets and duty-free shopping.

The airport also has other upgrades planned, including a third terminal expected to open in early 2008. The seven-story terminal will boost airport capacity to 64 million passengers a year and will include an adjoining nine-story hotel.

Meanwhile, Changi also plans to open a luxury facility in August that is targeted at passengers arriving or departing the airport on commercial or private aircraft.

The premium two-story facility will offer personalized services

including independent check-in, luggage and immigration processes. It also will feature a five-star lounge, business center, retail outlets and a gym.