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Changi T2 upgrade complete
Singapore Changi Airport has announced the completion of its S$240m ($152.2m) upgradng of Terminal 2, complete with additional space for 15 retail and 10 F&B outlets, bringing the total number of outlets to 82 and 39 respectively.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said today that the layout of the new terminal has also been reorganized "to maximize the commercial potential of Changi Airport". Terminal 2 originally opened in 1990 and this major upgrade of the facility began as far back as April 2003, involving extensive improvements to the terminal's look and feel.
Key enhancements in the upgrading included new design features to T2's exterior and interior to bring in more natural light into the terminal building; installation of a new 250-metre long leaf-shaped glass canopy at the Departure kerbside to shield travellers from sunlight and rain; the addition of 2,800 square meters of floor area in the Departure/Transit Mall for retail, food & beverage, landscaping, seating and an events area; and an improved terminal layout for better passenger flow and way finding.
The CAAS said: "The upgrading also allowed CAAS to maximize the commercial potential of Changi Airport. This was made possible through the creation of more floor space to reorganize and introduce new retail and food and beverage outlets in both the landside (public areas) and airside (departure/transit areas). "Fifteen new retail and 10 new food and beverage outlets were introduced, bringing the total number of outlets in T2 to 82 and 39 respectively."
Speaking at today's ceremony, Minister Lim said: "Although the upgrading works was extensive, covering all areas of the terminal, including the departure hall, transit area and arrival hall, it was completed with minimal disruptions to overall airport operations.
With regard to the new commercial facilities in T2, the CAAS added: "In the public area, we have introduced a new retail zone near the Changi Airport MRT station entrance in T2, featuring brands such as The Natural Source, Fossil Watch, Burger King, Starbucks, QB House and Swensen’s. Hungry passengers can now choose from a mouthwatering selection of new F&B offerings at the revamped Viewing Mall area on Level 3, with brands such as Sakae Sushi, Crystal Jade, The Soup Restaurant and a new food court called Food Park.
"In the restricted area after immigration, the T2 upgrading has allowed us to upgrade our Liquor and Tobacco and Perfume and Cosmetics shops, and to also introduce new luxury fashionwear boutiques such as Ferragamo, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Hermes and Bvlgari, just to name a few.
"We have also added a new suite of F&B outlets called Tastes of Changi at Level 3 of the transit area, which includes brands such as Chen Fuji Fried Rice, Genki Sushi, Burger King, Subway and Kaveri, an Indian Vegetarian restaurant."
(Source: Travel Retail Executive News Digest - September 13, 2006)
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