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Old September 10th, 2006, 05:16 PM   #661
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wicked pictures. i haven't been to terminal 3 before, hopefully it will look spectacular once its been finished. I have not been to terminal 1 for a very long time.
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wicked pictures. i haven't been to terminal 3 before, hopefully it will look spectacular once its been finished. I have not been to terminal 1 for a very long time.
Yeah hopefully.....
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Old October 14th, 2006, 04:23 AM   #663
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Oct 14, 2006
Changi Airport set to beat target of 35m passengers
It saw 7.7% more passengers in the first 9 months this year compared to last year's period

By Lim Wei Chean

CHANGI Airport saw 7.7 per cent more passengers in the first nine months of the year than over the same period last year.

If this keeps up, the year's target of 35 million passengers will be surpassed.

Giving this update yesterday, Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua said: 'Part of Changi Airport's success is due to its strategy to be more than just a place for passengers to board or disembark from an aircraft.'

Changi aims to provide a 'vibrant airport experience', she said, noting that the new Emirates Lounge which she declared open in Terminal 1 yesterday will contribute to this experience.

The 853 sq m lounge, which caters to First and Business class passengers on board Emirates flights, is the largest of its kind in the carrier's Asia-Pacific network.

Mrs Lim also said that come 2008, with the completion of the $1.75 billion Terminal 3, Changi will be able to handle 64 million passengers every year.

And to build up the Republic's status as an axis for air travel, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore rolled out the $300 million Air Hub Development Fund earlier this year.

All airlines have benefited from the fund, from which come incentives such as a 15-per-cent rebate on landing fees and subsidies for rental of office space.

Among the carriers that have benefited is Emirates airline, which yesterday opened its new $3 million lounge.

The airline's president, Mr Tim Clark, said the investment is 'a further testimony' of its long-term commitment to Singapore.

The carrier waited two years to get the space for the lounge, which overlooks Terminal 1's runway and parking bays.

Designed along the lines of the airline's Dubai lounge, the one here seats 182 passengers and offers them a dining room, business centre, shower amenities and massage chairs.

The airline has set aside US$13 million (S$21 million) to develop lounges worldwide, said Mr Clark. Within the region, the airports in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok have been identified as locations for the others.

Emirates began with three weekly flights to Singapore in 1990. Its presence here has grown to 42 weekly flights and it now competes head on with Singapore Airlines (SIA) in some of the growing markets.

Commenting on how the airline was hit by delays in the delivery of the Airbus A380, Mr Clark said the plan was to have 156 planes by 2010, but this will now be set back at least two years.

The airline's top priority now is to recapture ground lost on its expansion plans, he said.

And like SIA, Emirates will also look into increasing its number of flights into the region and muscling into the pie in Australia, China and India, he said.

However, unlike SIA, it will not go into low-cost carriers, although its home base, Dubai, welcomes budget airlines.

Mr Clark also said he did not see Emirates' presence at Changi as running counter to its task of growing Dubai as an air hub.

The lounge in Changi, he said, is part of the global service network for Emirates' customers.

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Old October 30th, 2006, 01:41 PM   #665
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Business Times - 30 Oct 2006

First Indian budget carrier begins S'pore flights


Air India Express will initially operate 10 flights a week from Chennai

By AMIT ROY CHOUDHURY

(SINGAPORE) Indian budget carrier Air India Express made its inaugural flight to Changi Airport from Chennai yesterday evening. With this, it became the first India-based budget carrier to fly to Singapore. Air India Express is a subsidiary of India's national carrier Air India, and Singapore is the airline's first international destination in the Asia-Pacific region.

Passengers and crew on board the flight were welcomed by the Indian High Commissioner in Singapore, Alok Prasad, and the acting director-general of civil aviation, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Chiang Hai Eng.

Air India Express will initially operate 10 weekly flights between Singapore and Chennai from Changi Airport's Terminal 1.

The flight departs Chennai at 11.55am and arrives in Singapore at 6.20pm. The return flight leaves Singapore at 7.25pm, arriving in Chennai at 8.55pm.

Speaking at the welcoming ceremony, Mr Chiang said: 'The launch of Air India Express' service to Singapore is indeed very timely, as air traffic between India and Singapore has grown from strength to strength over recent years.'

According to him, in the first nine months of this year, total passenger movements between India and Singapore reached 1.5 million, a growth of 22 per cent, compared to the same period in 2005.

In the first nine months, passenger movements on the Chennai-Singapore sector also saw a very strong 15 per cent year-on-year growth. 'With its low cost, low fare operating model, I am sure that the entry of Air India Express will stimulate even greater people flows between Singapore and Chennai, as well as other parts of South India,' Mr Chiang added.

Also among the VIPs welcoming the budget carrier at Changi Airport was Air India group chairman V Thulasidas.

Speaking to reporters while awaiting the arrival of the inaugural flight at 7pm, Mr Thulasidas revealed that the merger of Air India and sister airline Indian Airlines would be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2007. He said that an initial public offering (IPO) of the enlarged airline was being planned for 2008, but added that there was no firm deadline yet on this.

Mr Thulasidas also revealed that Air India Express would, in time, also start services to Singapore from other southern India destinations such as Hyderabad, Trichy and perhaps Bangalore. But Mumbai and New Delhi were out of the economically effective range of the Boeing 737-8 aircraft, he said.

Mr Thulasidas also stressed that Air India Express' service would be independent of the parent airline and would not replace the latter's full service flights between Singapore and destinations in India.

Some 160 passengers arrived yesterday on the inaugural flight from Chennai.

At present, Jetstar Asia is the only budget airline that now flies between Singapore and India, landing in Bangalore. Jetstar used to fly to Kolkata as well but has stopped doing so for some time now.

Tiger Airways also has landing rights to Kolkata but has yet to operate flights. Full-service airlines that ply the Singapore-Chennai route are Singapore Airlines and Indian carriers Indian Airlines and Jet Airways.

Seats are tough to come by for the four-hour flight, especially during the year-end peak when round-trip fares are jacked up beyond $1,000 with all taxes and surcharges thrown in.

With Air India Express' entry into the Singapore-Chennai route, travellers can expect fares to go down as the budget carrier is expected to charge about 25 per cent less than full-service airlines.

With the addition of Air India Express, Changi Airport now serves 83 scheduled airlines which connect Singapore to more than 180 cities in over 55 countries via more than 4,100 weekly scheduled flights.

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Old March 7th, 2007, 04:49 AM   #666
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Changi Terminal 3 ready to open by next January

March 7, 2007
Changi's T3 ready to open by next January
SIA is the only confirmed tenant as other airlines are still considering move

By Aviation Correspondent, Karamjit Kaur

PREPARATIONS are in full swing for Changi Airport's Terminal 3 to open next January or February.


READY TO GO: Construction of the main T3 building is complete, while systems and flight tests will begin as early as the middle of the year. -- CHEW SENG KIM

Already, construction of the main seven-storey building, including three basement floors, has been completed.

And 6.5km of train tracks for the $135 million People Mover System connecting all three terminals have been laid. The network, to have separate tracks running through the restricted and public areas, will transport passengers between Terminals 2 and 3 in just three minutes.

Even the slip road from Airport Boulevard to Terminal 3 has been built, and trees have been planted along its length.

The CAAS is expected to award key contracts, including those for security systems to screen passengers and baggage, in the next few months.

Also hotly contested is the terminal's space for retail and food and beverage outlets.

Singapore Airlines (SIA), the only confirmed tenant of Terminal 3 so far, will move more than half of its operations out of Terminal 2 where it is currently housed, spokesman Stephen Forshaw said.

Affected services include long-haul flights to the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Passengers flying to the carrier's other destinations - mainly in the region - are likely to continue using Terminal 2, he said, adding that SIA will work closely with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to 'minimise delays and maximise convenience' for those who have to move between terminals to catch connecting flights.

SIA's partial move out of Terminal 2 will make room for other airlines that now operate out of the 25-year-old Terminal 1.

Emirates has no plans to migrate from Terminal 1. British Airways and Qantas are also 'highly unlikely' to move to the recently upgraded Terminal 2, said a joint spokesman for the two carriers.

Other carriers, including those under the Star Alliance group of airlines such as United Airlines, Swiss Air, Asiana Airlines and All Nippon Airways, are still contemplating the offer made by the CAAS some months ago.

Mr Joseph Chia, United's station manager for Singapore and chairman of the Airline Operators' Committee representing more than 50 carriers that fly here, said the plan is to move as a group, if at all. He said: 'We share the same software systems for check-in and other services, so moving together will allow us to continue building synergies.'

Other factors - lounge access for passengers, for example - also need to be considered before a final decision is made.

A CAAS spokesman said it was now looking into allocating the airlines among the three terminals, and that it would do this based on the projected growth of SIA's operations, requests from other airlines and the need to balance traffic demands among the three terminals.

The Straits Times understands Terminal 3 is expected to handle more than 12 million passengers in its first year, based on an average 5-per-cent annual increase in total traffic. The total traffic handled by Changi last year was more than 35 million passengers.

To minimise glitches on opening day, systems and flight testing will begin as early as mid-year.

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Old March 7th, 2007, 05:40 AM   #667
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Old March 7th, 2007, 07:09 AM   #668
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@ babystan03

Do you think Singapore needs this terminal given that the current/existing floor space for the Terminal 1 and 2 exceed 700,000 square meters.

To put this into perspective, Singapore Changi Airport's current floor space is larger than Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok's Main Terminal or Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Main Terminal. Both of which are already big by world standards. Furthermore, these airports handle more passengers annually than Changi.

So how would a third terminal account for its necessity given that Changi only handled 35 million passengers last year. Imho, Changi's Terminal 3, would sit quite emptily for the first several years.

Now, don't get me wrong on this...I love Singapore Changi Airport and Singapore (as a city, for that matter)! I wouldn't really call it entirely unfeasible...but just, probably, excessive at this point in time. Heck, Dubai is even building a wilder and more ambitious aviation facility known as the Dubai World Central--which I consider to be plain out excessive even given 50-years time. But, since Singapore isn't famous for crazy, audacious, or even stupid projects like Dubai...why make that false move?!
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Old March 7th, 2007, 07:55 AM   #669
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So how would a third terminal account for its necessity given that Changi only handled 35 million passengers last year. Imho, ChangiTerminal 3, would sit quite emptily for the first several years.
Well, once Terminal 3 opens, Singapore Airlines will move all its flights into Terminal 3 except flights to India and China. These will stay in Terminal 2. So, Terminal 3 will be very full. All other airlines will move into Terminal 2, and Terminal 1 will be shut down for renovation.

At the end, I think Singapore Airlines will occupy Terminal 3 and the northern half of the new Terminal 1, since it would bring their operations close together. The southern half of the new Terminal 1 would likely be Star Alliance, while Terminal 2 will be all other airlines
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Do both Terminal 1 and 2 get really crowded these days? Last time I was there (2 years ago), the southern wing of Terminal 1 was relatively empty.
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Well, once Terminal 3 opens, Singapore Airlines will move all its flights into Terminal 3 except flights to India and China. These will stay in Terminal 2. So, Terminal 3 will be very full. All other airlines will move into Terminal 2, and Terminal 1 will be shut down for renovation.

At the end, I think Singapore Airlines will occupy Terminal 3 and the northern half of the new Terminal 1, since it would bring their operations close together. The southern half of the new Terminal 1 would likely be Star Alliance, while Terminal 2 will be all other airlines
Terminal 1 will not be shut down for renovation......instead the renovation will be done in phases, while the terminal is still open for business.....

I seriously don't think T3 will be "very full" as the expected traffic for next year is 12 million pax........T3 is design for 20 million pax.....
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Do you think Singapore needs this terminal given that the current/existing floor space for the Terminal 1 and 2 exceed 700,000 square meters.

To put this into perspective, Singapore Changi Airport's current floor space is larger than Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok's Main Terminal or Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Main Terminal. Both of which are already big by world standards. Furthermore, these airports handle more passengers annually than Changi.

So how would a third terminal account for its necessity given that Changi only handled 35 million passengers last year. Imho, ChangiTerminal 3, would sit quite emptily for the first several years.

Now, don't get me wrong on this...I love Singapore Changi Airport and Singapore (as a city, for that matter)! I wouldn't really call it entirely unfeasible...but just, probably, excessive at this point in time. Heck, Dubai is even building a wilder and more ambitious aviation facility known as the Dubai World Central--which I consider to be plain out excessive even given 50-years time. But, since Singapore isn't famous for crazy, audacious, or even stupid projects like Dubai...why make that false move?!
Changi Terminal 3 is planned so that it'll be able to support traffic growth till 2020. With T3 added in, the combined pax capacity for Changi would be 66.7 million pax, while combined total floor space to be 103,9100 sq m.

Moreover, the additional space is necessary given that we are into the era where bigger planes are used. (think A380) ...

Compared to all major hub, where most are aiming for 100 million pax capacity, I think this is a rather realistic move......

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Do both Terminal 1 and 2 get really crowded these days? Last time I was there (2 years ago), the southern wing of Terminal 1 was relatively empty.
Thats the whole idea.....would u like a overcrowded airport or a airport where there is a lot of space to move about??

As far as Changi is concern, it's always a strategy to plan ahead so that the airport would still feel comfortable with no overcrowding.....
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You have point. So, Changi will have a million square meters of terminal space. Wow!

I bet a lot of space is dedicated to shopping areas and leisure amenities. I mean, what other airport could boast a pool?
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You have point. So, Changi will have a million square meters of terminal space. Wow!

I bet a lot of space is dedicated to shopping areas and leisure amenities. I mean, what other airport could boast a pool?
Emm....current retail and F&B space stands at about 33,000 sq meters.....

With T3, there will be another 20,000 sq meters......making it about 53,000 sq meters in total......
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Thats the whole idea.....would u like a overcrowded airport or a airport where there is a lot of space to move about??

As far as Changi is concern, it's always a strategy to plan ahead so that the airport would still feel comfortable with no overcrowding.....
Yah this was mentioned before. The idea is to allow passengers a sense of 'space'.

Cant wait to visit the new terminal! Its been a long wait
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I went through Changi just after CNY, and Terminal 3 looked pretty much done. Very nice indeed. It's great how they are planning so far ahead and extending their product range to meet both budget travelers and high-end passengers. I think it's a unique approach and will enable SIN to remain the main regional hub for SE Asia.

Cebuano Exultor> just a note, with the opening of T2 last month, HKG now has 710,000 sq meters of floor space.
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I seriously don't think T3 will be "very full" as the expected traffic for next year is 12 million pax........T3 is design for 20 million pax.....[/QUOTE]

12 million? only? If that was the case, Singapore Airlines would have been moving ALL its flights to T3. They are not doing so because T3 can not handle all its flights. This means that T3 will be running near capacity.
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Well, once Terminal 3 opens, Singapore Airlines will move all its flights into Terminal 3 except flights to India and China. These will stay in Terminal 2. So, Terminal 3 will be very full. All other airlines will move into Terminal 2, and Terminal 1 will be shut down for renovation.

At the end, I think Singapore Airlines will occupy Terminal 3 and the northern half of the new Terminal 1, since it would bring their operations close together. The southern half of the new Terminal 1 would likely be Star Alliance, while Terminal 2 will be all other airlines
err.. tot T3 is reserved for SQ long-haul flights (to Europe, America etc.)? Why would SQ move all flights to T3 except those to India and China? There are many other short/medium-haul flights such as those to KL what?
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err.. tot T3 is reserved for SQ long-haul flights (to Europe, America etc.)? Why would SQ move all flights to T3 except those to India and China? There are many other short/medium-haul flights such as those to KL what?
I dont think that info has been confirmed. Reports only stated that T3 so farwill be solely used by SIA. And SIA will keep some flights in T2. Thats it.
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Yea.. It's good not to have a cramped airport. I was at Stansted airport near London this year and although it is not one of the main airports, the crowd is almost unbearable.

Plus, i think Singapore's Changi Airport is gearing up for the Singapore Flyer and the two IR's...those will make T3 a good investment.
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