New Changi low-cost terminal opens

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Singapore's Budget Terminal (BT), a customised terminal for low-cost carriers (LCCs), commenced scheduled flight operations today.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) reports that the airport's operations, retail and food and beverage (F&B) businesses at the terminal all swung into action as passengers arrived at and departed from the BT.
The terminal welcomed its first arrival flight from Hanoi at 0015 hours and saw its first departure flight at 0645 hours to Krabi.
To celebrate the commencement of scheduled flight operations at the BT today, passengers were welcomed with gifts, performances and games. The CAAS and Tiger Airways gave away souvenirs to more than 3,000 passengers throughout the day.
Passengers who donned the free BT caps could take an instant photograph as a souvenir. Setting a light-hearted holiday mood was a 3-piece roving band and a M & M mascot that give away free chocolates. In addition, passengers who spent more than $50 in the departure lounge stood a chance to win attractive prizes such as shopping vouchers and air tickets in a ‘Spin-the-Wheel’ promotion.
To further enhance travellers? experience and to provide variety and value when shopping at the BT, a ‘Fabulous Friday’ promotion will be held every Friday at the terminal. All of the 13 retail shops and five food and beverage outlets at the BT will be offering special value deals and product discounts.
‘The commencement of scheduled flight operations at the Budget Terminal today completes the framework for budget travel in Singapore. We are indeed glad to welcome scheduled commercial flights at the Budget Terminal which was completed in December 2005 and operationally ready since the first trial flight from the Budget Terminal on 2 February 2006,’ said Mr Wong Woon Liong, Director-General of Civil Aviation.
He continued, ‘Both budget carriers and travellers using the Budget Terminal will benefit from cost savings as the terminal?s low cost operating environment allows for lower operating costs for airlines and more than 50% savings in the passenger service charge, which is only $7 at the Budget Terminal.’
As previously reported, DFS Group (liquor and tobacco), Nuance-Watson (perfumes and cosmetics) and the King Power Group (general merchandise) all operate within the new facility.


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