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Singapore joins low cost terminal trend

Plans are in place for a huge expansion project to bolster the budget airline terminal at a leading Asian travel hub.

Plans are in place for a huge expansion project to bolster the budget airline terminal at a leading Asian travel hub.

Some $7.2 million (£3.6 million) has been earmarked for expanding the Singapore Airport Budget Terminal, in a bid to respond to air travel demand and increase passenger handling capacity from 2.7 million to 7 million.

Since opening in March 2006, the budget airline-tailored terminal has seen the frequency of its scheduled flights grow by 100 per cent, reflecting a growing demand for low cost air travel in the burgeoning Asian market.

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore director-general, Lim Kim Choon, said: "With increased air transport liberalisation in this region, airlines, including low cost carriers, have now greater opportunities to rapidly expand their air network and increase their flight operations."

European airports have also adapted their infrastructure to cope with the unparalleled increase in low cost air travel, with Brussels Airport last month launching plans for its own dedicated low cost terminal, set for completion in April 2009.

The move followed a similar initiative at Finland’s Turku Airport, where Finnish airport authority Finavia recently unveiled plans to convert an empty maintenance building into a passenger terminal reserved for low cost flights.

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