Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) has announced that the new passenger terminal at Seletar Airport has received its Temporary Occupation Permit, formally giving the greenlight to begin operations by the end of 2018.

Seletar Airport’s new terminal, which cost S$80m to build, is a two-storey, 10,000m2  hub that will be capable of handling 700,000 passenger movements per year – 26 times more than it was able to in 2016.

The space will feature enlarged departure and arrival areas dedicated to scheduled commercial flights. The departure area will house four check-in counters, six immigration lanes, two security screening stations and a gate holdroom capable of accommodating about 200 passengers. The building will also include a section for passengers travelling on chartered business flights and private jets, who will be able to wait in a dedicated lounge area.

Parking stands will be located next to the terminal to simplify operations, turnaround time and access to the aircraft. With the exception of a food and beverage stall, the terminal will not have any retail outlets.

Once operational, the terminal will host Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary Firefly’s 20 turboprop flights – to and from the Malaysian cities of Subang, Ipoh and Kuantan – which currently depart from Singapore’s Changi Airport.

The upgrade is part of a larger redevelopment project of Seletar Airport that started in 2008, which has featured improvements such as the lengthening of the runway and the construction of a new control tower and fire station.

CAG said that relocating these ‘smaller and slower aircraft operations’ will help meet growing capacity demands at Changi Airport and it is expected to lead to a drop in the price of fares.

Seletar Airport deputy general manager Khoh Su Lim said: “The new passenger terminal enables Seletar Airport to handle the expected growth of aviation activities in future. We look forward to providing passengers with a fresh experience, in terms of comfort and convenience, when the new terminal starts operations around the end of the year.”