After three and a half years of engineering and expansion works, Terminal 2 (T2) at Singapore’s Changi Airport has fully reopened ahead of schedule, restoring four-terminal operations. The T2 expansion project has added 5 million passengers per annum (mppa) to Changi’s capacity, bringing the airport’s total handling capacity to 90 mppa.
At the heart of T2’s departure hall is a digital display, dubbed The Wonderfall, set amid a vertical garden. Inside the departure transit area, a new garden, Dreamscape, is brought alive by a “digital sky” which changes its hues depending on the time of day.
The T2 expansion project has added more than 226,042 square feet to the terminal building to support additional infrastructure, new systems and more retail offerings. With a central common-use Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) zone, the number of automated check-in kiosks and bag drop machines have nearly doubled. The immigration halls have been expanded to support additional automated immigration lanes allowing more passengers to be served at any time.
T2 is also the first terminal in Changi to have automated Special Assistance Lanes for persons with disabilities and young children at both arrival and departure immigration. A new early baggage storage system has also been installed that is fully automated with the capacity to handle up to 2,400 bags.
Visitors to the public areas of T2 will be treated to a range of novel concepts, including Southeast Asia’s first Funko pop-up. The departure hall also welcomes three homegrown brands which are new to Changi, including Lynk Fragrances, Baker’s Well and Café O.
Changi Airport’s first landside duplex café, Jones the Grocer, is another addition to the departure hall. This well-known artisanal café hsa a grab-and-go deli-style food counter at the ground level, which is now open, as well as an upper-level bar and restaurant complete with a show kitchen, set to open later this year. Korean fast-food chain JINJJA Chicken is back at T2 with a new concept known as JINJJA Kitchen serving hotplate bulgogi (grilled meat) and Croffles (croissant waffles).
The newly opened Lotte Duty Free Wines & Spirits is not only a double-story store retailing liquor, but also showcases a first-in-airport robot bartender, Toni. Above the bar, a 90-foot circumference LED ring plays scenes of the moon reflected in a lake, a homage to Tang dynasty poet Li Bai’s famous work, “Drinking Alone Under the Moon.”
Visitors to Lotte’s lounge at the upper level, known as the Forest of Li Bai, can sample a range of 18 whiskey choices from a wall of dispensers, take photos with K-pop artistes in the smart selfie mirror, and admire the vivid colors of the LED video ceiling.
F&B options also include Gourmet Garden, The Satay Club by Harry’s, Hard Rock Café, Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice, The Hainan Story bakery and coffee & toast kiosk, CRAVE Nasi Lemak and Old Chang Kee.