Changi plans Terminal 2 revamp

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An artist's rendering of the revamped departure hall at Changi. (PHOTO: Changi Airport Group)

Changi Airport Group announced that expansion and renovation work at Terminal 2 (T2) will start after the Lunar New Year holiday, beginning with check-in rows 9 to 12 in the departure hall. This marks the beginning of a multi-year expansion project which will increase T2’s handling capacity, as well as to replace facilities and amenities that are nearing the end of their original shelf lives.

The expansion project will add 15,500 square metres to the terminal building and increase Changi Airport’s capacity by 5 million passengers per year. This will bring Changi’s total capacity to 90 million passengers per year when the work is completed around 2024.

Last refurbished in 2006, the refreshed T2 will add more greenery and natural elements and add space in the departure and arrival halls, giving more room to airport operations such as check-in and immigration clearance. Additional retail and F&B outlets will be introduced in both the public and transit areas.

To facilitate the expansion work, some airlines operating in T2 will be shifted to alternative check-in rows within the terminal during the course of works. The two flight information display flip boards will be retired, with the one between check-in rows 9 and 10 to be decommissioned in February. A duplex F&B concept will be introduced at the north end of T2’s landside leading to Jewel Changi Airport.

To cater for more retail and F&B offerings for passengers, the commercial spaces within the departure transit hall will be increased. In particular, the food street areas along the length of the departure transit hall and overlooking the tarmac will undergo refurbishment. Immigration facilities will also be updated and reconfigured to support additional automated immigration lanes.

The main contractor appointed for the T2 expansion works is Takenaka Corporation. The project is designed by JH Boiffils and a panel of made up of RSP Architects Planners & Engineers as the lead architect, with J Roger Preston (S) Pte Ltd, Rider Levett Bucknall LLP, Infoline Technologies Pte Ltd and Ignesis Consultants Pte Ltd.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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