New terminal at Singapore Changi Airport to open at Halloween
Singapore’s transport-minister confirmed last week that a new terminal at Changi Airport is on track for a Halloween opening. Khaw Boon Wan posted the confirmation up on Facebook and noted that lots of trials had proved Terminal 4 was ready to welcome its first passengers.
The first airlines to migrate to the new terminal on 31 October will be Cathay Pacific and Korean Air. These will be followed two days later, the 2 November, by Spring Airlines and Cebu Pacific. On the 7 November, Vietnam Airlines and the four affiliate airlines of budget carrier AirAsia which fly to Changi will move into their new home.
Terminal 4 features the latest in technological advancements. Passenger handling will be streamlined by features including automated facial recognition systems, self-service check-in and one-stop security processing.
12GO ASIA explains that the addition of Terminal 4 will raise the annual passenger capacity at Changi by 16 million to 82 million. 12GO ASIA sells flight tickets from locations including Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Singapore Changi Airport.
With effect from Sunday 1 October, the sale of beer and other alcoholic drinks will not be allowed on the beaches of Pattaya and Jomtien. Food, drink and deckchair vendors who operate on the beaches were informed about the new rule last week.
Park rangers at Hat Noppharat Thara–Koh Phi Phi National Park say a higher than usual number of jellyfish have washed up on the Phi Phi islands. The chief-ranger explained that islanders had found lots of fire jellyfish on Ao Ling Beach.
Serious storms and rainfall in the southern provinces of Thailand have left large swathes of land flooded. Local authorities in Satun have reported floodwaters are up to 30 metres in depth and sandbag barriers have been put up to keep residential and business zones dry.