|Quoting HKG212 (Reply 107):|
The T2 fiasco has nothing to do with the planning for airport operations; it was built as a landside shopping mall, clearly a commercial mistake which the Airport Authority has come to regret (do you hear that, Project Jewel?....). Immigration staffing levels, indeed very poor sometimes, again has nothing to do with airport planning.
If HKIA T2
is not planned for airport operations, why did AAHK build check-in counters there? HKIA T2
has 0 gates and pax who check-in at HKIA T2
must take the internal train to the gates at T1. Is that what you call excellent planning? You are contradicting yourself there.
Though Changi Airport is split into multiple terminals, each individual Terminal has facilities of its own and departing/arrival pax do not need to take the skytrain to get to their gates (except for T3
internal since T3
is very long). Only transfer/transit pax may need to switch terminals depending on their next flight. More importantly, the skytrain ride are all less than a 5 minutes ride away.
For Project Jewel, there is a false general impression that SIN
government if funding it. The answer is NO. Not a single cent from public funds is used to build Project Jewel. SIN
government is only co-funding the capital investments for T5
and the third runway. Project Jewel is funded by Capitaland and Changi Airport Group and is actually a way for Changi Airport Group to achieve more revenue through non-aeronautical means. If you refer to audited accounts of CAG
which are all published, Changi Airport has never incurred a loss and their profits over the past few years have even surpassed that of SQ
(in fact, they made S$895m and generated more than S$1.2b in Free Cash Flow). CAG
had also publicly stated that most of these profits are generated from their non-aeronautical sector. As competition between South-East Asian hubs become more intense, CAG
will need to offer competitive airport rates to attract airlines. Hence, they recognise the need to improve their non-aeronautical revenues to compensate for this. Moreover, Changi Airport is less than 30mins away from all Singapore's Eastern catchment area. Access to the airport is cheap and Project Jewel will be a good way for SIN
families to spend a day at the airport (and spend money).
In addition, some posters are saying that Changi Airport was split into so many terminals due to poor planning. You need to look at the 1970s master planning for Changi Airport before you say this. Changi Airport Terminal 1 was built way back in late 1970s and Terminal 1 was built based on traffic data during that period. It would be an absolute waste of public spending if a mega terminal was built back then. Hence, SIN
built up the airport in phases with potential to expand operations in future with new terminals built adjacent to Terminal 1. If this isn't good planning I do not know what is. Don't forget Singapore is a tiny nation. It will be a huge waste of public money if T1 was built in 1970s, then in 2000s, demolish T1 and build a new mega Terminal at the existing location or build a new airport at a separate location (HKIA or BKK
). Hence, the current split Terminal in a single location is based on years of planning. If you look at BKK
which was built in late 1990s, they had hit full capacity and had to resort to opening DMK
to accomodate LCC growth. SIN
just don't have the luxury of land to explore this kind of option.