Passengers at Singapore's Changi airport (Photo: todayonline.com)
 
Singapore (VNA) – Singapore’s Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge terminal on October 31 with a fully-automated check-in system, including facial scanning and computerized baggage drop points.

Terminal 4, built at a cost of 985 million SGD (723 million USD), is expected to have an annual capacity of 16 million people and is aimed at coping with an expected increase in passenger numbers going through one of Asia's top travel hubs.

It is packed with new technology, meaning passengers should in theory be able to check in and board without having to talk to airport staff.

On its first day of operations, more than 100 passengers arrived in the morning to take the inaugural service out, a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong.

Changi, often voted the world's best airport, is among hubs worldwide rolling out new technology as the fight intensifies for long-haul travellers.-VNA