Seletar Airport’s new terminal has started operations, but the planned start of scheduled flights on 1st December 2018 is still not confirmed. The only current operator of turboprop flights into Singapore, Malaysia’s Firefly, has suspended operations from that date, citing unresolved matters. The airline currently operates 70 weekly flights from Ipoh, Kuantan, and Subang into Singapore’s Changi Airport.
This means that the only customers using the new terminal initially, will be business aviation passengers through the Seletar Business Aviation Centre.
Seletar Airport’s new terminal facilities
The 10,000m² facility is capable of handling up to 700,000 commercial and business aviation passengers annually. The three aircraft stands adjacent to the new terminal can accommodate ATR 72s, or two Bombardier Q400s. The airport’s general manager See Seng Wan is upbeat about the new role for the airport, which first served Singapore in the 1920s.
…. It will provide better comfort to passengers and visitors, in a pleasant terminal that is easy to use. With the new facilities, we look forward to providing a new level of travel experience to our passengers at Seletar Airport. See Seng Wan
While the rationale behind the move is to free up more slots for jets at Changi, passengers in to Seletar will need to make some adjustments.
Transport options and convenience
The main issues facing travellers relate to the location of the airport.
- It will suit ‘point to point’ travellers with business or other reasons to fly to the north of the island.
- Travellers with onward connections from Changi will be affected as there is no direct connection between the two.
- There appears to be no shuttle service, either to Changi, or the nearby MRT stations.
- There is a public bus connecting the airport with three nearby MRT stations.
- Hougang MRT Station (North East Line) at Hougang Bus Interchange
- Buangkok MRT Station (North East Line) near Exit A
- Sengkang MRT Station (North East Line) at the station
For a full list of transport options, check out the Seletar Airport website. Links to other information is in the sidebar on that page.