All the attention is on the new Jewel complex at Changi Airport now. But don’t forget Terminal 4 (T4), which has a cool playground for adults and kids.
It features climbing nets and a pole for people to slide down at 2m intervals, Changi Airport Group said when it unveiled the attraction at the official opening of T4, which started operations on Oct 31.
Anchored to both the ground and ceiling, Chandelier, as the new structure is called, is made of about 10km of rope, supported by about 15 tonnes of steel.
Located in the transit area, it can admit up to 50 people at any one time.
The terminal, which took about four years to build, is a vital part of Changi’s plans to accommodate a growing number of travellers until the giant T5 is ready around 2030.
With T4, Changi’s four passenger terminals can now accommodate up to 82 million passengers a year.
T4 is also a test bed for technology that will be used in T5. It is only in T4 that passengers can experience start-to-end automated do-it-yourself processes.
The terminal is the first at Changi Airport to use facial recognition to ensure the same traveller moves from the first to last step – for check-in, bag tagging, immigration clearance and boarding.
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Unveiling the newest art installation at #ChangiAirport! Chandelier is a 16m-tall playground composed of climbing nets for the young and young-at-heart, and can be found in the transit area of T4. Leave a 😍if you’re looking forward to climb Chandelier when it’s fully operational later this year!
While operations at T4 have been mainly smooth in the past nine months, there was initial confusion when it first opened when some travellers found that they were not able to access the automated boarding system.
This prompted the airport to put up signs and video content at the boarding area to inform travellers that they can use the automated gates only if they did automated immigration clearance. Those who did not should head to staffed counters instead to be processed manually for boarding.
(Main photo and video: The Straits Times)
A version of this article appeared in The Straits Times.