Singapore Changi Airport Plans for a Massive Expansion

Singapore Changi Airport Plans for a Massive Expansion

Redefining your airport experience.

Singapore Changi Airport, commonly referred to as Changi Airport, has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s best airports. This airport in Singapore boasts an unrivalled passenger experience with many food options, attractions, and unique services. Some would even say that Changi Airport is a destination worth visiting in itself!

With travellers returning to Singapore following the easing of travel restrictions, Changi Airport is now planning for a massive expansion. Details regarding the construction of Terminal 5 (T5) have recently been revealed, with officials promising a space that embodies Singapore’s vibrant society. Here’s what you need to know regarding the Changi Airport expansion.

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Singapore Changi Airport doubles in size

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the expansion during a National Day Rally in late July. Changi Airport T5 will add a capacity of around 50 million passengers per year. Considering the four active terminals have a combined total capacity of 82 million passengers a year, this is undoubtedly a massive expansion!

Details of the project

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The terminal is being designed by a collaboration between global architecture firms KPF and Heatherwick Studio. According to the firms, the new terminal will be conceptualised as a series of neighbourhoods, “an intuitive extension of Singapore itself.”

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The construction of Changi Aiport T5 will start in two years, with the structure expected to be completed in the mid-2030s. Located within the 1,080-hectare Changi East development, the new terminal will be linked to the other four terminals and will have a three-runway system.

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The new terminal will also take the recent pandemic into account. According to Lee Hsien Long, T5 can be scaled up and down, allowing officials to isolate passengers from different flights to prevent cross-infection. It will also feature contactless systems and enhanced ventilation systems.

Furthermore, T5 takes sustainability to the next level with solar panels and smart building management systems. The building also employs district cooling combined with thermal energy storage.

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“When completed in the mid-2030s, T5 will show the world what sort of place Singapore is,” said Lee. Although it will be many years before Changi Airport T5 is completed, travellers and locals certainly have a lot to look forward to. 

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Cheng Yang can often be found in his natural habitat — in his bed with a cup of coffee and a science-fiction novel. With his undying love for jazz music and old movies, he likes to think of himself as a bit of a hippie. When he's not busy with work or school, he spends his free time playing the guitar or practising calligraphy.