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Changi Airport completes Terminal 1 upgrade project

Changi Airport Group (CAG) has announced that the S$500 million (£255 million) Terminal 1 upgrade project at Singapore’s Changi Airport has been completed following four year’s work to refresh and rejuvenate the building.

The company will hold a ceremony on 18 July to celebrate the finished project, which included work to refurbish the terminal’s interior design and finishes and improve passenger flow at key areas such as the departure check-in hall, departure transit mall and arrival hall.

Work on the terminal began in May 2008 and since then 22,000m2 have been added to the building, bringing the total floor space of T1 to 308,000m2 and providing more room for improved passenger flow, additional facilities and expanded retail and food and beverage offerings.

The upgraded T1 has a ‘Tropical City’ theme to reflect Singapore’s reputation as a garden city. Improvements to the façade and terminal facilities included better way-finding elements, higher ceilings, improved lighting, wider thoroughfares and landscaping. The airport has also installed the world’s largest kinetic art sculpture entitled Kinetic Rain in the departure check-in hall.

Speaking about the upgraded terminal, Lee Seow Hiang, chief executive officer, Changi Airport Group, said, “Terminal 1 holds a special place in the hearts of many Singaporeans given its long history. We are pleased to have retained its heritage while preparing it for the future. With a contemporary ambience and improved facilities, passengers and visitors will continue to have a world class airport experience in T1.

“The upgrading of T1 would not have been possible without the strong support of everyone in the airport community. We thank all of them for their understanding and cooperation during the upgrading period. 

“At CAG, we believe in the importance of constant rejuvenation in order to keep the Changi Experience refreshing. With this in mind, we are embarking on the implementation of various enhancements and improvements around Changi Airport to meet the changing needs of our customers and prepare for future growth. 

“While infrastructure upgrades are important, we place a strong emphasis on ‘heartware’ too. With our airport partners, our focus will also continue to be on ensuring that the Changi Service DNA – personalised, stress-free and positively surprising, is infused in the airport experience at Changi.”

To enable Changi Airport’s continued growth, CAG is now embarking on plans to develop the existing open-air car park fronting T1 into an aviation-related mixed-use complex that will increase T1’s handling capacity by 14% to 24 million passengers per annum. As part of this project, some of the public areas of the T1 building will be expanded, allowing for more space for aviation facilities such as the baggage claim hall, arrival hall, car park and taxi bays.

To see exclusive pictures of the upgraded terminal, please click here

July 13, 2012


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