Aug 30 2012
On September 25, 2012, the Budget Terminal at Changi Airport in Singapore will officially close to make way for the construction of a new terminal. If you’ll be flying into or out of Singapore after this date on a low-cost airline like TigerAirways this will affect your flight – but in a good way.
The airlines affected by the closure of Changi Airport’s Budget Terminal are
AirAsia, Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific, Firefly, Mandala Airlines, Berjaya Air and South East Asian Airlines (SEAir). The operations for these airlines will be relocated to Terminal 2.
If you have a flight with one of these airlines that is scheduled to depart before 02:00 on September 25, 2012, you should check-in at the Budget Terminal.
If you have a flight with one of these airlines that is scheduled to depart after 06:00 on September 25, 2012, you should check-in at Terminal 2.
While the closure of the Budget Terminal may sound like an inconvenience, it actually is a good thing for leisure travellers. First of all, it means that people leaving Singapore via a budget airline can enjoy Changi Airport’s famous facilities like a free movie theatre, butterfly garden and swimming pool. These perks were not available in the bare-bones Budget Terminal.
The Budget Terminal also had a bad reputation for its limited food and drink selection, but in Terminal 2 passengers have access to dozens of eateries ranging from Singapore-style coffee at Killiney Kopitiam to wholesome vegetarian Indian food at Ananda Bhavan Restaurant.
Furthermore, it is quicker and easier to get to Terminal 2 by public transportation. There is an MRT train station below Changi Airport, and from there it’s a short walk to Terminal 2. To get to the Budget Terminal, travellers had to first get to Changi Airport and then take a shuttle bus the remaining distance.
Why is the Budget Terminal is closing? It’s to make room for the construction of a new terminal. Although the Budget Terminal only opened in March 2006, due to the popularity of budget airlines, it has been operating well beyond its capacity of 7 million passengers per year. The new terminal set to replace it, tentatively named Terminal 4, will be able to handle 16 million passengers per year. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013 and it should be completed by 2017.
More information can be found at http://www.changiairport.com/ or by calling the Changi Airport Contact Centre at 6595 6868.
*Note: thanks to an observant reader for pointing out our incorrect inclusion of AirAsia. AirAsia flies out of Terminal 1 .
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