Finally, after months of anticipation, Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 will open at the end of October this year. This was revealed on a Facebook post by Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s minister for transport.
Wrote Khaw, “#T4 opening has been a labour of love. Since the completion of construction last December, Changi Airport Group has conducted more than 100 trials, involving 2,500 airport staff and 1,500 volunteers from the airport community.”
In a statement, Changi Airport Group said that some minor “checks and reviews” have to be completed first before the opening day.
Cathay Pacific and Korean Air will be the first two airlines that will transfer to T4 on its opening date. They will be followed by Cebu Pacific Air and Spring Airlines, which will operate on November 2. Last to move to the new terminal is the Air Asia Group and Vietnam Airlines, which will start flying from T4 on November 7.
T4 will feature the Fast and Seamless Travel system, an automated kiosk where passengers can check-in, print boarding passes and bag tags, and clear immigration. According to Channel News Asia, the machine is equipped with facial recognition technology, which will be used by the kiosk to match the passenger’s face to his passport photo.
The opening of T4 will enable Changi to accommodate an additional 16 million passengers every year.