Groundbreaking has commenced on Seletar’s new airport terminal building in Singapore. In two years time the airport will welcome a new space that will play host to regional flights, reducing the demand on Changi’s main International airport.
The construction of the new terminal is the next stage of the renewal of Seletar Airport. Redevelopment of the airport commenced in 2008 and since then, the airport has seen several enhancements including the lengthening of its runway, the construction of a new control tower and fire station, a doubling of the number of parking stands, additional taxiways and upgraded aircraft parking aprons.
The space, featuring a contemporary, light and spacious design will boast a gross floor area of 9,500 square metres, of which 500 square metres will be dedicated to serving business aviation passengers. Playing host to scheduled turboprop flights, the terminal is more than adequate to cope with around 700,000 passenger movements per annum. The new building will be significantly larger than the current terminal, which handled about 26,700 passenger movements in 2015.
The design certainly embraces function rather than design for the sake of design. “The layout of the new terminal is dictated by clean lines and a functional design to keep the travel experience simple and efficient for all passengers,” states the press release.
“Passenger operations will take place on the ground floor, with a clear separation between the departure and arrival areas. To handle scheduled commercial flights, the departure area will have four check-in counters, four immigration counters, two security screening stations and a gate holdroom which can seat close to 200 passengers.
Departing passengers will be able to go through check-in, immigration and security screening in a fuss-free manner via a straightforward route, enabling a quick and stress-free boarding process for passengers. The departure area also features a café where passengers and well-wishers can get a quick bite.”
Drawing inspiration from its lush and serene surroundings, the design blends warm woody tones with a theme of nature, with a landscaped garden in the middle of the terminal. Accessible from the drop-off area at the entrance, the garden will provide a calm oasis for departing passengers and well-wishers.