The shiny new and seriously large Terminal 4 at Singapore's Changi Airport will be packed with places to eat and shop – those are the country's national past-times, of course – but the list of airline lounges is currently looking rather sparse.
At the time of writing four airlines are slated to move into T4 – Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Air Asia – although more may follow ahead of the terminal's opening in the fourth quarter of this year.
For now, however, only Cathay Pacific will be opening a T4 lounge – and at some 800m² it'll be the largest lounge outside the Hong Kong carrier's home port.
The single-class Cathay Pacific Singapore lounge will be located on T4's mezzanine level with views into the apron and runway, and is expected to include hallmark touches as such as the iconic Noodle Bar, along with the Food Hall buffet and a tended bar.
A spokesperson for Korean Air said the airline would likely use a common lounge facility, just as it currently does with Terminal 2's SATS Premier Club which is shared by 16 airlines, while fellow SkyTeam member Vietnam Airlines is expected to follow suit.
Air Asia has confirmed that it has no plans to open a Premium Red lounge, while a spokesman for private lounge operator Plaza Premium Group told Australian Business Traveller there was "no news at present.
As many as 16 million passengers a year will pass through T4, which will rely heavily on self-service kiosks for check-in and bag drop at the arrivals hall, and also boast 'automated immigration clearance' and even automated boarding at the departure gates.
But getting to and from T4 will be a bit more low-tech, relying on a shuttle bus instead of the elevated ‘SkyTrain’ light rail which links the current three terminals.
T4 will also have separate arrivals and departures areas with a single security checkpoint opening into the departures floor, rather than the cumbersome system of at-gate checkpoints used in the airport's other three terminals.