CNN Travel - Karla Cripps

Details have recently been revealed for Terminal 5, with officials promising a space that is a social extension of Singapore rather than just another piece of transport infrastructure.

During a National Day Rally in late July, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that T5 will add capacity for about 50 million passengers per year.

That's a big number considering its four current passenger terminals are able to handle about 82 million passengers a year.

Pointing to a map while making his address, he noted that T5 will be as big as all four present terminals put together.

Construction of T5 will kick off in about two years, with the facility expected to open to travelers in the mid-2030s. Located within the 1,080-hectare Changi East development, it will have a three-runway system and be linked to the other four terminals.

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