By now, you’d know that the shiny new T4 has opened its doors. Here are a few more things to know about our national icon.
Cost of building Changi Airport Terminal 4, which opened its doors on Oct 31. Built on the site of the former Budget Terminal, the spanking new T4 took two years to build. It’s home to nine airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Korean Air and AirAsia, and is set to handle 16mil passengers annually. Terminal 5 is reported to be ready for takeoff in the late 2020s, and will be built on 1,080 hectares of reclaimed land.
No. of plants that make up the green wall on the terminal’s façade. It’s not the only greenery you’ll find here. There are over 340 species of plants, including figs from China, India and Southeast Asia at the Avenue of Trees on the departure level.
To make way for Changi Airport Terminal 1, which began operations in 1981…
550 buildings were demolished, 4,500 graves were exhumed, 200ha of swamp land were cleared, one airbase built during the Japanese Occupation was removed and 870ha of land was reclaimed.
Where Singapore Changi Airport places in the world’s busiest airports ranks, based on the 58.7mil passengers it handled last year. The top three airports are:
#1: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (104.2mil)
#2: Beijing Capital International Airport (94.4mil)
#3: Dubai International Airport (83.6mil)
No. of times that Changi Airport has been voted World’s Best Airport by travellers. Its achievement this year is the fifth consecutive time that it has snagged the award since the inception of the Skytrax World Airport Awards in 2000.
Ranking of the Singapore passport in the global Passport Index, making it the most powerful passport in the world. It has a visa-free score of 159, ie. the number of countries the passport holder can enter without a visa, or with a visa on arrival. In contrast, the US passport has been sliding down the ranks since Donald Trump took office as POTUS, and is now on par with Malaysia with a score of 154.