Singapore, Jan 9 (UNI) Singapore Changi Airport's new 1.75 billion Singapore dollars Terminal 3, commenced scheduled flight operations today.
Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raymond Lim personally welcomed passengers onboard the first arrival flight, Singapore Airlines flight SQ001.
Passengers were also greeted with a lively traditional lion dance performance and received gift bags containing congratulatory certificates for being on the first flight to the Terminal , which is designed to handle 22 million passenger traffic per annum.
The terminal received the first flight from San Francisco at 1150 hours and saw its first departure flight at 1250 hours to London.
Singapore Airlines' long-haul flights will operate out of Terminal 3 and its regional flights will operate out of Terminal 2.
Terminal 3 will increase Changi Airport's total annual capability to handle about 70 million passenger movements, enhancing its position as the regional aviation hub, said Lim.
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