As the opening of Singapore Changi Airport's new Terminal 4 draws near, here's a sneak peek at what travellers will see inside the large lush space.
First up, get ready for a sea of self check-in machines.
"T4 will be Changi Airport's flagship terminal for self-service processes" said Li San Poh, who heads up the T4 project.
"Travellers can go 'straight-to-gate from kerbside' – sailing through check-in, immigration, security screening and boarding gate clearance – without the need for reliance on service staff."
Of course, passengers in business class and first class – along with top-tier frequent flyers – will still enjoy that personal touch at the premium checkin desks of each airline flying from T4.
That roster currently includes Cathay Pacific – which will open its largest lounge outside of Hong Kong at T4 – along with SkyTeam members Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines, plus low-cost carrier Air Asia.
The terminal and each of its 21 gates will feature full-height glass and indoor greenery, with "a boulevarde of trees" near each boarding gate (and a very Changi carpet).
Play areas and other diversions will be dotted throughout the terminal.
The 'fast and seamless travel' experience will extend to automated boarding at the departure gates.
And unlike Changi's other three terminals, T4 will seperate arriving and departing passengers – so there'll be a single security checkpoint when travellers enter the 'airside' zone of T4 rather than individual security 'choke-points' at each gate.
A large slice of Terminal 4 will of course be given over to retail and dining...
... with some premium brands nestled behind colourful facades based on Peranakan shop-houses.
However, T4 won't be connected to its siblings by the elevated Skytrain light rail system – there'll be a shuttle bus instead.
An automated rail link was considered, Poh said, but ruled out due to both the distance required and the presence of "some existing infrastructure and services."
“We weighed the options between a Skytrain and shuttle bus and concluded that the shuttle bus is a much better, effective means of transport to connect Terminal 4 and other terminals.”