- Title: Self check-ins, air mists feature in Singapore's new airport terminal
- Date: 25th July 2017
- Summary: FINGER TAPPING SCREEN
- Embargoed: 8th August 2017 11:39
- Keywords: Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 self check-in
- Location: SINGAPORE
- City: SINGAPORE
- Country: Singapore
- Topics: Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA0026R7SZ9P
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: When Singapore's newest airport terminal opens this year a passenger could, in theory, check themselves in and board their plane without speaking to another human being.
The terminal, constructed at a cost of S$985 million ($723.57 million), will increase Changi Airport's annual capacity by 16 million passengers to 82 million. A hub for Southeast Asia, Changi is currently the world's sixth busiest for international traffic, and it is nearing capacity, having last added a terminal almost a decade ago.
By using facial recognition technology, Singapore's T4 will offer self-service options at each stage of departure - check-in, bag drop, immigration and boarding. Nine airlines will start operating at T4, serving an estimated 8 million passengers per year. Changi expects the automated departure process to yield manpower savings of about 20 percent in the longer term.
Singapore is already preparing for its fifth terminal, which is expected to be ready in about a decade and will be capable of handling 50 million passengers per annum in its initial phase.
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