It took three years to build ChangiT4 and it’s now ready to open for use. With nine airlines signed on to use the new facility, the airport is sensibly staggering the move. Cathay Pacific Airways and Korean Air will be the first to take residence on Tuesday, 31st October. They’ll be joined by Cebu Pacific Air and Spring Airlines on Thursday, 2nd November. The AirAsia Group, with four airlines and Vietnam Airlines will move in on Tuesday, 7th November.
Changi T4 opens – the first flight
Cathay Pacific will operate both first arrival and departing flights at T4. CX659 is scheduled to fly in from Hong Kong at 0540 (5.40am) on the 31st October and timed to leave as CX650 to Hong Kong at 0650 (6.50am).
Preparation has been on-going since October 2016, when Operational trials began. This is a new Terminal, with existing airlines moving across. Therefore, Changi had the luxury of being able to ensure everything was in place before confirming the opening date. In all, more than 100 trials have been conducted, involving over 1,500 volunteer participants and 2,500 airport staff.
…. The past months have been a very crucial period for us as we conducted intensive tests and trials. We have identified areas of improvement following those trials. Feedback gathered from trial participants has also been very useful to CAG and our partners in fine-tuning our systems and processes. We will take the next few weeks to complete the last set of trials as we prepare for the commencement of operations at T4. Tan Lye Teck, CAG’s Executive VP (Airport Management)
T4 will add a capacity of 16 million passengers annually to Changi Airport, bringing the airport’s total annual handling capacity to 82 million passenger movements.
Are you’re one of those who, like this writer, loves to stop and enjoy the ‘Kinetic Rain’ in Terminal 1T? This is what Terminal 4 has to offer travellers. Enjoy!
For more information about the new Terminal.