Singapore Changi is already the world’s best airport, though they’ve just raised the bar even more, with the introduction of their new Terminal 4. Terminal 4 is opening this year, and will be home to Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, AirAsia, and a few more airlines.
The existing terminals at Changi Airport are already gorgeous, though this looks even more impressive. The airport has just shared an animated video providing a tour of the new terminal, and it looks stunning. If you have a few minutes, check it out, as it walks you through the entire experience, from check-in to the gate:
For Cathay Pacific flyers this new terminal is especially exciting, as the airline is opening a new lounge here, which should be modeled after The Pier in Hong Kong.
I addition to the terminal as such being beautiful, one interesting thing I noticed is that the terminal will now have a centralized security checkpoint. Other terminals at Changi Airport have security at the individual gates, so which system is better is a function of personal preference.
However presumably this means there will be no sterile airside transit possible between the rest of the airport and Terminal 4.
And as if this terminal isn’t impressive enough, keep in mind that Changi Airport has something even greater in the works.
The airport is in the process of constructing a mixed-use complex that won’t just be cool for those traveling, but will even be a destination for locals. It’s called The Jewel, and is scheduled to open in 2019. It will be connected directly to Terminal 1, and will have bridges connecting it to the other terminals as well.
Singapore, keep doing what you’re doing, and setting the global standard for airports. No other airport can even come close to competing with Changi, in my opinion.
(Tip of the hat to SINJim)