Singapore breaks ground on Seletar terminal
Singapore officials broke ground on a new US$35 million, two-storey passenger terminal at the country’s Seletar Airport that is designed to handle up to 700,000 passengers a year and is scheduled to open by the end of 2018. Officials said the new terminal’s capacity is 26 times the number of passengers that the airport, which now caters mainly to private jets, handled in 2015. The current terminal will be torn down when the new facility opens, Changi Airport Group said at the ground-breaking ceremony.
Singapore has been spending millions since 2008 to redevelop Seletar including lengthening its runway, building a new control tower and fire station, adding taxiways and upgrading aircraft parking aprons. When the new terminal opens, all scheduled turboprop flights from Changi Airport, including flights operated by Firefly, will also be moved there. This is necessary to free up capacity at Changi Airport to cope with a growing number of flights and passengers.
To handle scheduled commercial flights, the departure area will have four check-in counters, four immigration counters, two security screening stations and a gate hold-room which can seat close to 200 passengers. Passengers travelling on chartered business jets and private jets will have a private drop-off area and a dedicated check-in area, Changi Airport Group said. The terminal will also feature amenities such as a lounge area and dedicated immigration and security screening areas for these passengers.