SINGAPORE: The new passenger terminal at Seletar Airport is designed for 700,000 passenger movements a year - up to four times the estimated maximum capacity of the current airport.
The two-story, 9,500-sqm terminal on the eastern side of Seletar Airport is expected to be completed by end-2018, the airport operator said at the new terminal's groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday (Oct 20).
The new terminal will be capable of parking up to three scheduled turboprop flights – such as those flown by regional airline Firefly – in its adjacent bays during peak hours. Turboprop aircraft operations will be shifted from Changi Airport to Seletar Airport once the building is ready, freeing up capacity for jet aircraft operations at Changi Airport.
Seletar Airport General Manager See Seng Wan said the change in the airport's operating model was to make "better use of resources at both airports, which will benefit Singapore's aviation ecosystem in the long run".
To handle the expected increase in passenger traffic, the new facility promises a more streamlined boarding and arrival process featuring four check-in counters, four immigration counters, and two security screening stations. In comparison, the existing facilities only have one of each. The gate holding room in the new terminal will also be able to seat 200 passengers waiting for their flights, compared to the current capacity of 70.
Other improvements include a dedicated space for business aviation passengers with its own private drop-off, check-in and lounge areas, a landscaped garden in the middle of the terminal and tropical design features to provide a warm and relaxed air.
Plans for the existing terminal remain to be decided, according to Seletar Airport.