"Just 10 days till Christmas",....."16 days left in 2007",....."25 days till Grand Opening of Terminal 3 at Changi"
TERMINAL 3 (also known as T-3)
As Singapore is hoping to regain the title on have the "Worlds Best Airport" in 2008, its chances has definitely improve when business begins at Terminal 3 on January 9th, next year. Designed by SMO
, the roof on this new terminal features a unique architecture, which allos natural sunlight into the building during daylight. T-3 roof has over 900 skylights with specially designed reflector panels that will automatically adjust themselves to allow an optimal amount of soft and uniform daylight into the terminal and concourse.
At night, the skylights glow with specially concealed artificial lighting located beneath each panel. The building has large glass facades along both the landside and airside of T-3 which expands the sense of openness.
Another unique feature in T-3 is the five-story tall vertical garden, called the "green wall". This garden spans nearly the entire length of the main building which offers both arriving and departing passengers an opportunity to enjoy its landscape. The "green wall" is covered with climbing plants that is interspersed with four cascading waterfalls. These waterfalls also assist in controlling the humidity and temperature in the entire building.
T-3 will boost the latest and most modern baggage screening, processing and retrieving system at any airport and is designed to handle 22 million passengers and their baggage annually.
Highlights on Terminal 3:
1) Unit cost to build: *US)$882 million
2) 4,090,288 sq ft of floor space
3) 7 levels, 3 of which are under-ground
4) Open space boarding areas and gate access
5) 28 airbridges, 8 suitable for A380 aircraft
6) Contains own shopping mall with 100 shops and speciality stores
7) 30 restaurants and food outlets
8) Full size supermarket located on level 2
9) New terminal for MRT, mass transit train service
10) 1,800 additional auto parking in garage
11) Direct access to 350-room Crowne Plaza Hotel
12) Automated People Mover System that connect to T-1 & 2.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is on a vigorous marketing campaign to attract more tenants to T-3. Rental rates at T-3 are higher, as much as 10% above those charged at T-1 and T-2.
Singapore Airlines will be dominant user, occupying nearly half of the new terminal with all SQ
's long-haul international flights to Europe, North America, Orient and Australia being process through T-3.
Other airlines that have agreed to operate from T-3 on opening day are China Eastern Airlines, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, and United Airlines. CAAS is hoping that all carriers of the "Star Alliance" Group will eventually arrive and depart from their new terminal.
Please link to these photos* posted by "9VSWA from Singapore" during his recent visit to T-3 Public Open House in November. Photos are copyrighted.
Photos were retrieved from posting on other thread. *A special thanks to "9VSWA" for these beautiful shots.
"I am rooting for Changi to regain the title as World Best Airport in 2008"!