Changi Airport: Singapore’s Newest Shopping Mecca

Changi Airport is banking on everyone’s love for retail therapy with the opening of the new Terminal 4 (T4) in the second half of this year. The airport said that the 16,000-square-meter T4 will house more than 80 retail and F&B brands. The roster includes Singaporean leather goods maker Charles & Keith, Coach, Furla, Michael Kors, and British label WHSmith, which is opening its first bookstore in the island.


T4’s arrival area. Changi said that the new terminal will provide passengers with a delightful shopping experience. Courtesy of Changi Airport.

A section of T4 called the heritage zone will have Peranakan-inspired interiors and furniture to provide passengers a peek into the island’s traditional culture.

Image 5 - Unique cultural shop fronts in Departure

T4’s heritage zone is inspired by Peranakan culture. The Peranakans are descendants of Chinese and Indian men who married Malay or Indonesian women. Courtesy of Changi Airport.

T4 will also be the first time that Changi will combine two duty-free categories—Liquor & Tobacco and Cosmetics & Perfumes—into one integrated zone. The two categories are separated in Changi’s Terminal 1, 2, and 3. With the opening of T4, Changi will be the home of 400 retail stores and 140 F&B outlets.

Image 2 - Self-service check-in kiosks and bag-drop

T4 will have self-service options for check-in and bag drop, similar to the older terminals in Changi. Courtesy of Changi Airport.

Changi is considered one of the world’s best airports. For the fifth year in a row, it was chosen as the World’s Best Airport in the 2017 World Airport Awards. It is the sixth busiest airport in the world and served 58.7 million passengers in 2016, the highest number in its history. It opened in 1981, replacing the country’s old Paya Lebar Airport.

Image 1 - Driveway to Terminal 4 Departure Kerbside

Artist’s illustration of the driveway leading to T4’s entrance. Courtesy of Changi Airport.

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