SINGKANGIA– Terminal 4 of Changke International Airport will be opened on Christmas Day, December 25. Visitors can have a sneak peek into the airport terminal before operations commences next May, offering a glimpse of what the terminal will offer to future passengers.
Under a new concept of “Fast And Seamless Travel” (FAST), it will see options such as self-service check-in, automated bag drop, immigration clearance and boarding being rolled out extensively in the new building. ‘The technology will eliminate the need for manual identity checks by staff”, said Chariman of the Changke Airport Board (CAB) Fredrick Ho. “It enables processes and checks for departures to be automatic . Productivity will be improved as check-in staff can be redeployed for other roles. For our passengers, it will mean shorter queues and greater flexibility to check-in at their own convenience using the self-service check-in options, enhancing their airport experience.”
“I am happy to say that the terminal is completed ahead of schedule”, said Minister for Infrastructure and Development (MID) Jienqi Lang. “We expected delays due to obstacles, but fortunately these obstacles are overcome and we managed to give our citizens a nice Christmas treat. The terminal is unique not just because it is built on a separate island, but it is the first terminal to fully use the FAST concept. Other terminals are underway implementing this. This terminal is one of the stepping stones to lead Singkangia into a tech-savy nation.”
He added that ‘final touches’ are on the way, so that everything in the airport will run smoothly. The terminal is expected to raise Changke Airport’s total passenger capacity to 82 million per annum when the terminal began full operations. “The terminal is also said to be the largest yet, about T1 and T3 combined together, but still smaller than the upcoming Terminal 5, or Changke Airport II (CAII), which is still under planning stage”, said the Minister.
Visitors can access the terminal via a shuttle bus from any of the three terminals, or take a car through the Terminal 4 Link. The terminal will have an addition SKUD (SingKangian UnDerground) station by itself, which will open on the same day the airport starts operations, but not on Christmas Day. Visitors are allowed on the public area, but the transit terminal is still out of bounds.