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CAAS awards contract for upgrading of Changi Airport T1

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has awarded the tender for the project to upgrade Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 to Takenaka Corporation. The upgrading works will commence in May 2008 and are scheduled to be completed in 2011. The works, at an estimated project cost of about $500 million, will rejuvenate the 27-yearold terminal and enhance the passenger experience at Changi Airport.

The concept for Terminal 1’s face lift is “Tropical City”. Works will refurbish the terminal’s interior design and finishes, as well as improve passenger flow at key areas. Areas to be upgraded include the exterior façade, Departure Kerbside, Departure Checkin Hall, Departure Transit Mall and Arrival Hall.

In line with the theme, the architectural and interior design will create a warm and familiar feeling for travellers. Landscaping will be integrated with the interior design to maintain the original warmth and welcoming ambience of the terminal.

On top of enhancing the aesthetics of the terminal, the processing capacity of key areas, such as the Departure Check-in Hall, will be improved. Older sections of the finger piers will be expanded and seating in the gate holdrooms enhanced.

As part of Terminal 1’s upgrading works, services and facilities offered will be improved. The building will also be expanded to allow for the provision of new passenger facilities while expanding the retail and F&B offering.

Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, CAAS, Mr Lim Kim Choon, said, “Many of us have fond memories of Terminal 1, which is synonymous with the birth of Changi Airport in 1981. It is timely for our grand old dame to get a refreshing makeover.”

He added, “Terminal 1’s upgrading is part of our infrastructure upgrade plans. With the recently renovated Terminal 2 and newly opened Terminal 3, Terminal 1’s face lift will ensure that all passengers at Changi Airport can enjoy the same exciting, vibrant and enjoyable Changi Experience.”

Changi Airport started operations with Terminal 1 in 1981.

Vicky Karantzavelou
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Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.