Singapore goes ahead with no frills terminal
BY 2006, Singapore’s Changi Airport will be the first in the region to boast a no frills terminal. The government is proceeding to build one now that it has a customer. Tiger Airways, a no frills airline backed by Singapore Airlines, has agreed to use such a terminal and Singapore is going ahead in the hope of becoming the regional hub for budget carriers.
“The low-cost market is a new one and nobody knows how big it is going to be. But if it is going to grow and generate new traffic, Singapore wants to be the first to capture this market,” said Mr. Foo Sek Min, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s deputy director of airport management.
Describing the new terminal s a “different experience,” Mr. Foo revealed that it will be a single storey building with no aerobridges, travellators, holding rooms before boarding or VIP lounges. However, security and hygiene measures will not be compromised.
The terminal will be equipped to achieve a turnaround time of 35 minutes, the norm for budget carriers.
To be located a five-minute bus ride away from the main terminals, the no frills terminal will be a modest affair in other senses too. It will start with six bays and is planned to handle up to 2.7 million passengers a year, about one tenth the size of each of Changi’s existing two terminals.
It is estimated that passengers will pay SIN$18 (US$10) or less in airport taxes (compared to SIN$21 (US$12) now) while airlines pay about 20 percent less in charges.
author: Suzanne Ooi
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