Terminal 2 at Singapore Changi Airport fully reopened to passengers on Wednesday (November 1) after three and a half years of upgrade work. Completion of the works is coming ahead of schedule, with the expansion works initially planned for next year. The reopening comes at a time when passenger traffic at Changi Airport has rebounded to 90% of pre-covid levels. Passenger volumes are expected to fully recover by next year.
A modern and surprising terminal
The upgraded terminal puts Changi Airport in a better position to handle higher traffic. Sixteen airlines will operate at Terminal 2, with flights connecting 40 cities.
The terminal expansion will add five million passengers per year. Now, the airport can handle 90 million passengers per year across 4 terminals.
A central area with twice as many check-in kiosks
Boasting a central fast and seamless shared-use travel area, the new Terminal 2 has nearly twice the original number of check-in kiosks and bag drop machines. Immigration halls have been expanded to include automated immigration systems
Terminal 2 is also the first Changi terminal to have special automated assistance lanes for people with disabilities and young children at immigration arrival and departure.
A new fully automated baggage storage system has also been installed, with a capacity to handle up to 2,400 bags.
In the staging area, a garden called Dreamscape consists of a transparent platform above a fish pond, accompanied by the sounds of nature in the form of recordings of local wildlife taken in different regions of Singapore, including Pulau Ubin. The fish pond is home to cichlids and aquatic plants.
Above the garden, a digital “sky” projects weather conditions in real time through integration with the airport’s weather system. It also periodically transforms into an underwater portal where visitors have a bottom-up view of a river filled with fish, otters and a sampan drifting on the surface.
A 14m high digital screen called The Wonderfall, located in the heart of the departure hall, depicts a waterfall crashing over rocks.
Located on level two of the newly reopened Terminal 2 departure hall and accessible to the public, the flip board is capable of recreating visitors’ selfies and iconic landmarks such as Changi Airport’s control tower using symbols and letters.
In 2030, Terminal 5 will be added
“When ready in the mid-2030s, T5 will add around 50 million passengers to Changi’s annual capacity and this will strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading aviation hub. »