Passengers given rousing welcome at newly opened Terminal 4 of Changi Airport

Passengers were given a rousing welcome at the newly opened Terminal 4 of Changi Airport in Singapore today as the first flight - Cathay Pacific Airways CX659 from Hong Kong -  landed at the airport.

Cathay Pacific was the first airways to arrive at newly opened Terminal 4 of Changi Airport today.
Cathay Pacific was the first airways to arrive at newly opened Terminal 4 of Changi Airport today. Photo courtesy: Twitter

As the passengers disembarked from the plane, they received orchids. They were also given a goodie tote bag containing a plush toy, fan and card holder. Singapore’s instrumental band Lorong Boys performed at the baggage belt area and greeted the travellers.

Passengers were welcomed at the new Terminal 4 of Changi Airport. Photo courtesy: CAG
Passengers were welcomed at the new Terminal 4 of Changi Airport. Photo courtesy: CAG

Overwhelmed with joy, one passenger, Mdm Rameza, said, “It was very good. There were live performances and goodies, and operations were very smooth.”

Another passenger, Mohammed Hossenbux, said, “The whole process was very efficient. It only took me 15 minutes to walk from the plane exit to get out of here (arrival hall)."

Les Oiseaux are metaphorical representation of human feelings inside Terminal 4.
Les Oiseaux are metaphorical representation of human feelings inside Terminal 4. Photo courtesy: CAG

According to the Changi Airport Group, the new terminal is expected to receive and see off 20 flights, carrying close to 6,700 passengers, during its first 24 hours of operations.

Automated Boarding Gate (ABG)
At the Automated Boarding Gate (ABG), the passenger only needs to scan his boarding pass and authenticate identity by taking a photo. The facial recognition system matches this photo against the photo taken earlier at the AIG. Photo courtesy: CAG

There new Terminal 4 is equipped with various features including start-to-end self-service systems, allowing travellers to check in, deposit their baggage and even go through immigration via automated systems. There is also a facial recognition system, which captures a passenger’s photo at the various kiosks, authenticate the traveller's identity as he or she moves through the airport.

The new terminal is spread over an area of 225,000 sqm and 4 is only about half the size of Terminal 3, making it Changi Airport's smallest terminal. But once fully operational, it will be expected to handle 16 million passengers a year - about 70 per cent of T3's handling capacity. This would up Changi Airport’s total annual capacity to 82 million travellers.

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Since the completion of the construction last December, more than 100 trials, involving 2,500 airport staff and 1,500 volunteers, had been conducted at T4, to prepare the terminal for its full opening today.

Along with Cathay Pacific Airways, Korean Air also commenced operations at the new terminal on Tuesday. This will be followed by Cebu Pacific and Spring Airlines on November 2, and AirAsia and Vietnam Airlines on November 7.

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Ashraf Jamal
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Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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