Changi Airport Reveals Terminal 5

An artists conception of Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 5

LONDON – Singapore Changi airport group has revealed its latest design for Terminal 5. With a capacity to handle 50 million passenger per annum, this will surely elevate the country’s aviation competitiveness to stronger levels. 


The Changi airport management team announced in 2013 that there will be a new Terminal 5 built to accommodate further growth of the airport and will be overlooked by the county’s Transport Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG).

The project was temporarily halted for two years due to the pandemic and re-assessed the trajectory of the growth of aviation. All in all, the terminal was tweaked to enhance sustainability and resilience in light of the current market trends in aviation. 

In light of the re-opening of Singapore’s border, air travel rapidly bounced back at Changi Airport.

The re-mobilisation of engineers and consultants of T5 thus commenced as the International Air Transport Association has predicted that APAC (Asia-Pacific) region would be the fastest growing air travel over 20 years. Construction is expected to commence in 2 years and salted for a mid-2030 completion. 

Terminal 5 will be located within the 1,080-hectare Changi East development, which is nearly the size of the current Changi Airport. The 5th Terminal will be able to handle 50 million passengers per annum. 

This added capacity will boost Changi Airport’s position on the global stage. 

Changi Airport T5 Features

The design of the airport is that it could handle future pandemics more efficiently. Terminal 5 will be designed to be able to operate as smaller sub-terminals to be able to cater for the demand shift (up or down).

From what has been learnt from the covid-19 pandemic, spaces could be easily converted, for instance, segregating high and low risks passengers.

Moreover, there will also be more contactless interactions between passenger and staff, and also a design of reducing touchpoints, as well as improving ventilation systems to maximise fresh air flow. 

A sustainable building

The new T5 will be a hallmark of sustainable building in Singapore as it will be certified by the Building and Construction Authority as a Green Mark Platinum Super Low Energy Building.

The new terminal will have solar panels installed on the roof, with direct cooling and a smart system to control thermal energy storage.

Terminal 5 will also be able to cater to SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) and provide fixed ground power and providing for stationery aircraft parked at the gates. 

Automation and Technology

Automation and Technology will be heavily integrated into the operations and the design language of Terminal 5. This would enhance the passenger’s experience and increase manpower productivity.

Terminal 5 would be able to introduce newer technologies, such as autonomous vehicles to aid baggage systems and cargo transport on both airside and landside.

Robots would also be used to substitute manpower in lifting dangerous and heavy goods.

Robotics and technology know-how will be locally sourced from Singaporean enterprises and therefore create quality jobs for Singaporeans. 

All Singaporeans Should be proud 

Terminal 5 will further strengthen Changi Airport as a Singaporean icon and pride and showcases the ability of such a small country to display great innovation and courage.

Terminal 5 will be accessible by road and rail and other services which will service guests. 

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