Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) is already regarded as one of the world’s best airports. The airport will eventually get even better, with the opening of a new mega-terminal, though we’ll have to be patient. While the concept was first revealed in 2013, the first renderings of the new terminal were released yesterday during Singapore’s National Day Rally, and it’s a unique and impressive design.
The basics of Changi Airport Terminal 5
Singapore Changi Terminal 5 is expected to open in the mid-2030s, and will be a new mega-terminal at the airport. Terminal 5 will have the capacity to serve 50 million passengers per year, more than the capacity of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 combined.
The Terminal 5 project was first announced back in 2013, but as you’d expect, it takes some time for projects of this scale to get underway. Furthermore, the pandemic caused the project to be delayed by two years, and it’s now expected that construction will start in around two years (in 2024). The terminal will be designed with the flexibility to be built in two phases, in line with traffic growth.
The new terminal will be located within the 1080 hectare (~2,670 acre) Changi East development, which is almost as big as the land area of the current Changi Airport.
Since we’re talking about Singapore here, the new terminal won’t just be a destination for people who are flying. The development will also include the construction of the new Changi East Urban District (CEUD), which will be a business and lifestyle destination. I guess we should expect something along the lines of The Jewel.
The first rendering of Changi Airport Terminal 5
Yesterday the first renderings were released of Changi Airport Terminal 5. At the bottom left you can see the Changi East Urban District, and then next to that is the terminal. The person that made this rendering was clearly an Airbus A380 enthusiast, and knows something about Singapore Airlines’ future that we don’t. 😉 What a unique terminal design!
There are some renderings of the interior of the terminal in the below presentation from yesterday.
It’s interesting to see the lessons that were learned from the pandemic when it comes to designing the terminal. Terminal 5 will be designed with the flexibility to operate as smaller sub-terminals when needed, with spaces that could be converted for use during contingencies, such as for testing operations or the segregation of high-risk passengers.
The terminal will also feature enhanced ventilation systems that could be activated during a pandemic to increase the use of fresh air. The terminal will also feature solar panels and smart building management systems to reduce the carbon footprint of the operation.
Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 5 will be a new mega-terminal at the airport, and is expected to open in the mid-2030s. Along with the terminal, we should also see a new business and lifestyle district, much like what we already have with The Jewel.
Singapore simply operates airports on a completely different level than the rest of the world, and it’s exciting to think that Changi Airport could get even better. Then again, this will take some patience…
What do you make of the plans for Changi Terminal 5?