Terminals of Changi Airport Singapore

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My mom has to fly for Singapore; she wants some information about the Terminals of Changi Airport Singapore.

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    Singapore Changi Airport's first passenger terminal, Terminal 1, welcomed its first commercial airline touchdown, a Singapore Airlines' Boeing 747, flight SQ692, on 12 May 1981. Terminal 1 opened for scheduled flight operations on 1 July 1981, receiving its first scheduled flight, a Singapore Airlines' flight SQ101 from Kuala Lumpur. Changi Airport was officially declared open on 29 December 1981 by then Minister for Defence, Mr Howe Yoon Chong.

    Terminal 1 underwent a few phases of upgrading and expansion works since the 1990s. New facilities such as a rooftop swimming pool, hotel-style dayrooms, and more departure gate lounges and shops, enhancement to the terminal's interior and exterior for a more modern appearance offer departing passengers a whole new experience in a more spacious and pleasant environment.

    Currently, a major upgrading programme of Terminal 1 is in progress and is scheduled to be completed in 2011. The works, at an estimated project cost of about $500 million, will rejuvenate the grand old dame and enhance the passenger experience at Changi Airport. The concept for Terminal 1's facelift is "Tropical City". Works will refurbish the terminal's interior design and finishes, as well as improve passenger flow at key areas. Areas to be upgraded include the exterior façade, Departure Kerbside, Departure Check-in Hall, Departure Transit Lounge and Arrival Hall.


    Changi Airport's Terminal 2 welcomed its first commenced flight, a Singapore Airlines flight SQ23 from Amsterdam, on 22 November 1990. The terminal was officially opened on 1 June 1991 by then Prime Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong.

    The structure of Terminal 2 also follows a centralised terminal concept, concentrating facilities and services in the main complex of the six-storey building. With Changi Airport operating two terminals, an automated passenger mover system, called 'Skytrain', was also introduced to provide a rapid link between Terminals 1 and 2. In addition, an inter-terminal baggage handling system consisting of computerised high speed cars running a network of rails in underground tunnels was also in place to enable baggage to be transferred between the two terminals.

    The capacity of Terminal 2 was expanded in October 1992, involving the construction of two new finger piers, providing 22 additional aerobridge gates. After 13 years in operation, Terminal 2 was given a facelift and underwent a $240 million upgrading. Besides a more modern look with the clever use of lush greenery and glass to introduce more lighting into the terminal building, the upgrading has also allowed for more space to be freed up for new retail and food & beverage outlets with the reorganisation of space and layout to maximise the commercial potential of Changi Airport. The Terminal 2 upgrading was completed in mid 2006.


    Changi Airport's newest passenger terminal, Terminal 3, opened for scheduled flight operations on 9 January 2008. The terminal welcomed its first scheduled flight, a Singapore Airlines flight from San Francisco.

    Terminal 3 has an annual handling capacity of 22 million passengers, bringing the total handling capacity of Changi Airport to about 70 million passengers per year. This new terminal building provides 28 additional aerobridge gates, increasing the total number of aerobridge gates in Changi Airport to 92. Eight of the aerobridge gates are designed for the new generation of large aircraft, the A380.

    Passengers using Terminal 3 can expect to move around with ease and minimum dependence on signage. This is possible as Terminal 3 has a see-through layout concept, making it easier for travellers to orientate themselves. Terminal 3 features a unique roof architecture which allows soft natural light into the building while keeping the tropical heat out. Another key highlight of Terminal 3 is a five-storey high vertical garden, called the "Green Wall". Spanning 300 metres across the main building, it can be admired from both the Departure and Arrival Halls.

    Passengers making inter-terminal flight connections at Changi Airport will find it a breeze to transfer between the three terminals with a new Skytrain system. The Skytrain system now has a total of seven stations: two each in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, and three in Terminal 3.


    Budget Terminal opened for operations on 26 March 2006. It was built in response to the emerging trend of low cost carriers (LCCs) in Asia. Located along Airport Boulevard, near Changi Airport, it was officially opened by Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Raymond Lim, on 31 October 2006.

    The operating costs at Budget Terminal are kept low to meet the needs and operating models of LCCs. It is a single-storey terminal, with no travellators, escalators and aerobridges. The 28,200 square metres terminal comprises two adjacent single-storey buildings for departure and arrival and is about the size of three football fields.

    Low cost carriers are expanding rapidly since commencing operations in Singapore for the past six years. To accommodate the exponential growth of LCC traffic, Budget Terminal was recently expanded to 7 million passengers, up from 2.7 million per annum previously.

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