Seletar Airport started operations at its new passenger terminal on November 19th. All operations have been transferred from the old terminal, situated at the west of the Seletar aerodrome, to the new one at the east. The new passenger terminal welcomed its first passengers through the business aviation wing of the terminal.
The new terminal is also ready to handle scheduled commercial flights and all scheduled turboprop flights in Singapore will have to operate from the new terminal from 1 December 2018.
Seletar Airport meets the relevant requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization on airport design and operations. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has certified that the new facilities and infrastructure at Seletar Airport are ready for aircraft operations. These include both scheduled and non-scheduled services.
Extensive trials involving over 2,000 participants have been carried out since June 2018 to ensure the readiness of systems and processes. These included the processing of departing and arriving passengers, systems for check-in, baggage handling, and immigration and security clearance.
Passengers on commercial flights can look forward to checking in via four check-in counters in the departure hall, before proceeding to a comfortable departure gate holdroom. Spanning 10,000 square metres, the new two-storey terminal also features more space for arrival immigration, baggage claim and a meeters-and-greeters hall, designed to provide a warm and hassle-free reception. A café in the departure area serves refreshments and quick bites to passengers, while a garden courtyard brings nature and a relaxed atmosphere to passengers and airport users.
On the airside, three parking stands adjacent to the new terminal enable quick boarding for passengers of commercial flights, and a faster turnaround time for the aircraft. Another 60 aircraft stands are located elsewhere in the airside of Seletar Airport, serving business and general aviation needs.
The new terminal includes the Seletar Business Aviation Centre, which comprises a separate drop-off area and a dedicated check-in and lounge area where business aviation passengers can enjoy quick pre-departure and arrival clearance in a comfortable setting. The facility also provides meeting facilities on the second level where passengers can conduct meetings in a conducive environment before their departure.
The new terminal is served by public bus service 102, with the bus stop conveniently located 50 metres from the terminal and accessible via a sheltered walkway. The bus service provides connectivity from the Seletar Airport area to Hougang Central Bus Interchange, Sengkang MRT station and Jalan Kayu. This is in addition to current public transport options such as taxis and private hire cars.
Mr See Seng Wan, General Manager of Seletar Airport, said, “Today marks a new phase for Seletar Airport, which has served Singapore since the 1920s. We are pleased that the new passenger terminal is operationally ready on schedule. It will provide better comfort to passengers and visitors, in a pleasant terminal that is easy to use. With the new facilities, we look forward to providing a new level of travel experience to our passengers at Seletar Airport.”