Already one of the most lauded airports in the world, Singapore's Changi Airport, voted the world's best airport five years running, is far from resting on its laurels with the planned opening of a new terminal in 2017.
Passengers traveling through the airport's new and smaller Terminal 4, beginning Oct. 31, will experience innovative technology using Fast and Seamless Travel—FAST—a facial recognition technology that will limit the amount of waiting in lines and human interactions with airline clerks.
Aesthetics in Terminal 4 are similar to what travelers are familiar with in Terminals 1-3, where gardens—cactus, orchid and butterfly—among other amenities, provide a relaxing getaway. Terminal 4's interior design is based on an orchid petal, natural light streams through skylights and glass walls and along the boarding corridor, 160 trees separate the boarding area from the common area at departure gates.
The showstopper of Terminal 4 is the Central Galleria, which highlights the terminal's boutique design and allows views from the check-in hall all the way up to boarding gates in some locations.