Singapore’s Changi Airport has been making upgrades to its Terminal 1 worth SGD $323 (USD $234) million over the last three years, where travelers will see new check-in counters, baggage belts, and flooring set to be completed next year.
Among the key highlights of the updates at the airport include the carpark for Terminal 1, which had none for four years as construction of the Jewel commercial complex is ongoing. The new carpark will have 2,500 spaces compared to the 850 the old carpark had.
The terminal’s floor space has been expanded along with the 50 self-service check-in kiosks with space for an additional 42 that can be installed. For arriving passengers, the expanded baggage claim area will feature a fully automated baggage handling system.
According to Changi Airport Group spokesman Ivan Tan, the expansion and updates to Terminal 1 was made to meet the growth of passenger traffic to and from Singapore. "As demand for air travel In the region continues to grow, we are enhancing capacity in Changi's terminals to meet this growth. At the same time, we are taking the opportunity to introduce technology, such as FAST (a suite of self-service options), to continue to improve efficiency and optimise resources,” Tan said.
With the renovation work stated to be around 85%, it’s just one of a few projects Changi Airport is working on such as “The Jewel” which will feature new shopping, dining, and entertainment options, and Terminal 5 – which will provide a larger, interconnected passenger terminal and third runway for Changi Airport. The Jewel is scheduled for completion in March 2019, while the Terminal 5 project is estimated to be completed by the year 2030.