Airport operator Changi Airport Group (CAG) has unveiled five more airlines that will join Cathay Pacific in the new Terminal 4 (T4) building at Changi Airport in Singapore.
AirAsia Berhad, Indonesia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines will all operate from T4, which is scheduled to commence operations in 2017.
The new 2,100,000ft2 terminal is more than 70% complete, with the main superstructure visibly taking shape. The topping out of the building is expected to take place before the end of the year.
When complete, T4 will be capable of handling approximately 16 million passengers a year and will feature a 183,000ft2 retail and dining area containing more than 80 outlets. The new building will also contain a complete suite of self-service and automated technologies from check-in and bag drop, to immigration clearance and boarding. Facial recognition technology will also be introduced for the first time at the airport.
Yam Kum Weng, executive vice president of air hub and development for CAG, said, “We are delighted with the progress that we have made with the development of T4 and are particularly pleased with having Cathay Pacific, AirAsia Group, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines as our launch airline partners at the brand-new T4. We look forward to working with them to offer new breakthroughs in the passenger travel experience.
“With T4’s emphasis on innovation and productivity, these airlines can look forward to longer-term growth coupled with lower operating costs from manpower savings. Passengers can expect passage through the various touch points to be smoother and stress free, giving them more time to enjoy the facilities and wide array of shopping and dining options. It is a model that both airlines and passengers will appreciate and we are excited to be working with our partners to realize this vision.”
Tony Fernandes, CEO, AirAsia Group, said, “AirAsia Group is pleased to be among the launch airlines at Changi Airport’s T4. The brand-new terminal has many new, innovative features that will complement and enhance AirAsia’s brand value to our passengers.”