20 October 2016

Seletar airport to handle 700,000 passengers a year

Source: Seletar Airport. Artist's impression of the new airport in Singapore.
Source: Seletar Airport. Artist's impression of the new airport in Singapore.

Plans for enhanced facilities for passengers travelling through Seletar Airport have been unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony for the airport’s new terminal building. The new terminal will be completed end-2018.

The new, two-storey terminal is sited at the eastern side of Seletar Airport. It will have a gross floor area of 9,500 sq m, of which 500 sq m will be dedicated to serving business aviation passengers.

Designed for around 700,000 passenger movements per annum, the building will be significantly larger than the current terminal, which handled about 26,700 passenger movements in 2015. This will support the relocation of scheduled turboprop flights from Changi Airport to Seletar Airport upon the completion of the new terminal.

To handle scheduled commercial flights, the departure area will have four check-in counters, four immigration counters, two security screening stations and a gate holdroom which can seat close to 200 passengers.

Passengers travelling on chartered business jets and private jets can look forward to a private drop-off area and a dedicated check-in area where they will be able to enjoy quick pre-departure clearance in a private and exclusive setting. The terminal will also feature amenities such a lounge area and dedicated immigration and security screening areas for these passengers.

On the airside (the area passengers go to after immigration procedures), passengers will be able to board their flights conveniently with three aircraft parking stands adjacent to the terminal. This reduces the need for passengers to be bussed, enabling greater operational efficiency and faster aircraft turnaround time. The three aircraft parking stands will be supplemented by another 60 located at the rest of the airport.

See Seng Wan, GM, Seletar Airport, said, “We have made good progress with the redevelopment of Seletar Airport in recent years. Today’s groundbreaking for the new terminal is another milestone in our plans for the airport. We look forward to providing passengers with a new level of experience, in terms of comfort and convenience, when the terminal opens.”

Daniel Ng, Director (Aviation Industry), CAAS, said, "The expansion of Seletar Airport will accommodate the growth of our air traffic and optimise operational resources. The new passenger terminal building will also complement operations at Changi Airport and allow for more capacity.”

Redevelopment of the airport commenced in 2008 and since then, the airport has seen several enhancements including the lengthening of its runway, the construction of a new control tower and fire station, a doubling of the number of parking stands, additional taxiways and upgraded aircraft parking aprons.