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Published on : Thursday, October 20, 2016
Plans for enhanced facilities for passengers travelling through Seletar Airport were unveiled today at the groundbreaking ceremony for the airport’s new terminal building. The event was witnessed by Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport.
The construction of the new terminal is the next stage of the renewal of Seletar Airport. Redevelopment of the airport commenced in 2008 and since then, the airport has seen several enhancements including the lengthening of its runway, the construction of a new control tower and fire station, a doubling of the number of parking stands, additional taxiways and upgraded aircraft parking aprons.
New terminal will be larger, to be completed end-2018
The new, two-storey terminal is sited at the eastern side of Seletar Airport. It will have a gross floor area of 9,500 square metres, of which 500 square metres will be dedicated to serving business aviation passengers.
Designed for around 700,000 passenger movements per annum, the building will be significantly larger than the current terminal, which handled about 26,700 passenger movements in 2015. This will support the relocation of scheduled turboprop flights from Changi Airport to Seletar Airport upon the completion of the new terminal in end-2018.
The layout of the new terminal is dictated by clean lines and a functional design to keep the travel experience simple and efficient for all passengers. Passenger operations will take place on the ground floor, with a clear separation between the departure and arrival areas. To handle scheduled commercial flights, the departure area will have four check-in counters, four immigration counters, two security screening stations and a gate holdroom which can seat close to 200 passengers. Departing passengers will be able to go through check-in, immigration and security screening in a fuss-free manner via a straightforward route, enabling a quick and stress-free boarding process for passengers. The departure area also features a café where passengers and well-wishers can get a quick bite.
Passengers travelling on chartered business jets and private jets can look forward to a private drop-off area and a dedicated check-in area where they will be able to enjoy quick pre-departure clearance in a private and exclusive setting. The terminal will also feature amenities such a lounge area and dedicated immigration and security screening areas for these passengers.
Drawing inspiration from its lush and serene surroundings, the new terminal will sport a modern tropical look on the façade and in the interiors. The design blends warm woody tones with a theme of nature, with a landscaped garden in the middle of the terminal. Accessible from the drop-off area at the entrance, the garden will provide a calm oasis for departing passengers and well-wishers.
Upgraded airside facilities
On the airside, passengers will be able to board their flights conveniently with three aircraft parking stands adjacent to the terminal. This reduces the need for passengers to be bussed, enabling greater operational efficiency and faster aircraft turnaround time. The three aircraft parking stands will be supplemented by another 60 located at the rest of the airport.
A new level of experience for passengers
Mr See Seng Wan, General Manager of Seletar Airport, said, “We have made good progress with the redevelopment of Seletar Airport in recent years. Today’s groundbreaking for the new terminal is another milestone in our plans for the airport. We look forward to providing passengers with a new level of experience, in terms of comfort and convenience, when the terminal opens.”
Mr Daniel Ng, Director (Aviation Industry), CAAS, said, “The expansion of Seletar Airport will accommodate the growth of our air traffic and optimise operational resources. The new passenger terminal building will also complement operations at Changi Airport and allow for more capacity.”
Experienced development partner
The construction of the new terminal will be undertaken by Takenaka Corporation, which was awarded the project following a competitive tender process. The value of the contract is around S$50 million. The company has deep experience in airport construction. It has been involved in various construction and upgrading works at Changi Airport, including the on-going development of Terminal 4.