A Walk Through Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3.

On January 9th, Terminal 3 (T3) at Singapore’s Changi Airport will be open for business. I recently had the pleasure of visiting T3 while traveling through Singapore, so here is my report.

singapore changi airport map.

Location: The new T3 is conveniently located across from the existing Terminal 2 (T2), and not far away from the oldest terminal, Terminal 1 (T1). There is a convenient people mover that connects the three terminals. If you’d rather walk, there is a underpass that connects T3 with T2 — it’s only a short walk away. This is probably one of the best things I like about T3 in that it is truly passenger-friendly, unlike London’s Heathrow Terminal 4, which is quite distant from the rest of the terminals.

departure hall at singapore changi airport’s new terminal 3.

Capacity: With the opening of T3, Changi Airport adds another 22 million to its current annual passenger capacity, which brings the total up to 70 million passengers — more than 15 times of the city-state’s population. Eight of the new 28 gates will be capable of handling the new A380 passenger planes.

skylights at singapore changi airport’s new terminal 3.

Interior: During the day, natural lighting will be brought in with its 900 skylights with reflector panels. The panels will also work at night, giving the skylights a natural glow. “Green” features such as waterfalls and ponds have been integrated into the design to give passengers a welcome feel. For those to like to shop, there are about 100 shops and restaurants in the terminal at your disposal.

check-in area at singapore changi airport’s new terminal 3.

Transportation: Well-connected with Bus, Taxi and MRT (subway) connections. Skytrain people movers are available for connections between terminals.

skytrain connections at singapore’s changi airport.

Initially, only Singapore Airlines will be occupying the terminal, mostly for its medium to long-haul flights. Check it out!