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Work starts on Changi Airport's T4 which is slated to open in 2017

(From left) Executive vice-president of Changi Airport Group (Air Hub and Development) Mr Yam Kum Weng, Ministry of Transport permanent secretary Mr Pang Kin Keong, Changi Airport Group (CAG) chairman Mr Liew Mun leong, Minister for Transport Mr Lui
(From left) Executive vice-president of Changi Airport Group (Air Hub and Development) Mr Yam Kum Weng, Ministry of Transport permanent secretary Mr Pang Kin Keong, Changi Airport Group (CAG) chairman Mr Liew Mun leong, Minister for Transport Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport) Mrs Josephine Teo, CAG CEO Mr Lee Seow Hiang and Civil Authority of Singapore assisant director-general Mr Soh Poh Theen, pictured at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Minister for transport and guest-of-honour Lui Tuck Yew (right) takes a look at an artist's impression of a section of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 with Benoy creative director David Buffonge after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, N
Minister for transport and guest-of-honour Lui Tuck Yew (right) takes a look at an artist's impression of a section of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 with Benoy creative director David Buffonge after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Minister for transport and guest-of-honour Lui Tuck Yew (third from left) takes a look at a model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 with (from left) Changi Airport Group (CAG) CEO Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Finance an
Minister for transport and guest-of-honour Lui Tuck Yew (third from left) takes a look at a model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 with (from left) Changi Airport Group (CAG) CEO Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport) Mrs Josephine Teo, CAG chairman Mr Liew Mun Leong, Benoy creative director David Buffonge and former minister in the Prime Minister's office Lim Hwee Hua, after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A guest takes a photo of the model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A guest takes a photo of the model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Guests look at a cross-section model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 before the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Guests look at a cross-section model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 before the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Guests look and take photos of the cross-section model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 before the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Guests look and take photos of the cross-section model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 before the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Guests look at a cross-section model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 before the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Guests look at a cross-section model of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 before the ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
An artist's impression of the Arrival Hall in Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the Arrival Hall in Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the Departure Boarding Pier in Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the Departure Boarding Pier in Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the unique cultural shop fronts in the Departure Transit Lounge of Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the unique cultural shop fronts in the Departure Transit Lounge of Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the retail zone in the Departure Transit Lounge of Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the retail zone in the Departure Transit Lounge of Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the walk-through retail in the Departure Transit Lounge of Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the walk-through retail in the Departure Transit Lounge of Changi Airport's Terminal 4. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the driveway to the departure kerbside of Terminal 4 at Changi Airport. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of the driveway to the departure kerbside of Terminal 4 at Changi Airport. -- PHOTO: CAG
An artist's impression of self-service check-in kiosks and bag-drops in Changi Airport Terminal 4. Work has started on Changi Airport's Terminal 4, which opens in 2017. The new facility, which is being built where the Budget Terminal was, will b
An artist's impression of self-service check-in kiosks and bag-drops in Changi Airport Terminal 4. Work has started on Changi Airport's Terminal 4, which opens in 2017. The new facility, which is being built where the Budget Terminal was, will be able to handle up to 16 million passengers a year. -- PHOTO: CAG

Work has started on Changi Airport's Terminal 4, which opens in 2017. The new facility, which is being built where the Budget Terminal was, will be able to handle up to 16 million passengers a year.

The capacity boost and other projects in the pipeline will prepare Changi for strong growth expected in Asia-Pacific's air travel market, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew at T4's ground-breaking event on Tuesday.

Other airports in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, South Korea and Jakarta are also ramping up capacity.

He said: "Airports require sufficient capacity to attract new airlines, add new city-links and increase frequencies. Without this airlines would turn to other airports that can better facilitate their growth and if this happens to Changi it will risk losing connectivity."

When T4 is ready and T1 expansion works completed in 2018, Changi will be able to handle up to 85 million passengers a year, up from 66 million now. The new T4 will offer travellers more do-it-yourself options at check-in, immigration and pre-departure to reduce manpower reliance in a labour-tight market, Changi Airport Group said.

Unlike Terminals 1, 2 and 3 where security checks are done twice - once before immigration and again, just before departure - T4 will have a one-stop security centre.

Travellers can also look forward to more shopping and dining options, compared to the Budget Terminal's sparse offerings.

Transfers between T4 and the other terminals will be made more convenient, especially for passengers with conencting flights. Transit buses will be provided so there is no need to exit an re-enter the restricted areas.