Seletar Airport’s new terminal, to complement Changi rather than to compete, has a military background.
A new S$80 million (€50 million) passenger terminal at Singapore’s Seletar Airport will be operational by the end of this year. But, managed by Changi Airport Group, it is aimed at complementing rather than competing with the city-state’s main airport.
The new terminal building will have 10,000m2 of floor space, more than six times more than the current terminal, expected to handle 700,000 passengers a year.
The terminal adds an enlarged departure and arrival area, allowing the airport to handle scheduled commercial flights.
With a history dating back to the 1920s, Seletar is far older than Singapore’s giant Changi Airport and was a military airfield and airbase for many decades. A general aviation airport since the 1990s, an upgrade and expansion has been on the cards for over ten years.
“The new passenger terminal enables Seletar Airport to handle the expected growth of aviation activities in future,” said Khoh Su Lim, Seletar Airport’s associate general manager, in a statement.
The new terminal features an enlarged departure and arrival area for scheduled commercial flights, the departure area with four check-in counters, six immigration lanes, two security screening stations and a gate area that can accommodate about 200 passengers.
The check-in, immigration and security screening counters are positioned in a straight route through the departure hall, enabling fast boarding for passengers.
The new terminal will also have a section for passengers travelling on chartered business flights and private jets, with its own waiting lounge area.
Firefly Airlines, a low-cost point-to-point subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines and the sole turboprop operator at Singapore Changi, will move to Seletar by the end of the year.