Singapore Changi (SIN) Airport
Singapore Changi SIN Airport Overview
Changi Airport is like a small city, offering everything the traveler needs for comfort, including a movie theater, a swimming pool and a variety of first-class international eateries and shops. Sight-seeing tours to the nearby city are designed to fit in neatly between connecting flights. Year after year, Changi Airport is honored with awards - it recently added six more 'Best Airport' awards, including 'Best International Airport' and 'Best Airport in the World' awards from Skytrax for the 5th time. And, to top it all, for the third year in a row Changi Airport received from Skytrax the 2015 award for 'World's Best Airport'! and in March 2016 'Airport of the Year' award..
It may be noted that Changi Airport pays tribute once a year to its front-line personnel, support & maintenance staff for their excellent service and their outstanding contributions.
Changi Airport - covering an area of 13 square km - is located on the eastern tip of the main island at Changi (much of which consists of reclaimed land), and is 17 km northeast of Changi's commercial center.
Serving an estimated 53.5 million passengers per year, Singapore Changi Airport is hub to Singapore Airlines, Jetstar, Silkair, Asia Airways, Tiger Airways & Valuair and secondary hub to Qantas, and is served by a myriad of national and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. All nine Asian neighbor countries are now served by Changi Airport. Its top five routes include Jakarta, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bankgkok & Manila. Changi Airport is also a key stopover for flights from Europe to Australia.
Transfer passengers of Tiger Airways and its affiliates are offered easy transfers, with no need for travel visa, immigration clearance or retrieval & re-check-in of their bags.
Changi Airport has presently four terminals - T1, T2, T3 & the JetQuay CIP Terminal.
- The 9-story Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel, linked to Terminal 3 by a covered walkway, with the large Crowne Plaza Club Lounge and conference facilities.
- The new Aerotel at T1offers airside outdoor swimming pool & pool-side bar.
- Transit hotels for hourly & overnight stays are inside of Terminals 1, 2 & 3 (in T1, at level 3, Transit Mall East; in T2, level 3, Transit Mall South; and in T3, Mezzanine level 3 at Transit Mall North). For Terminal 1 call (65 6542) 5538, for T2 call 8122 & for T3 call 9788) - Transit Hotels are intended for a short rest between flights and to freshen up - no need to clear Immigration.
Present and future Airport developments:
- Ongoing new Terminal 4 (T4) construction with its own parking garage and a new road directing taffic from T4 to East Coast Parkway is to be completed by 2017.
- Other improvements will include (a) increasing the airfield capacity for more aircraft parking stands and making road improvements - to be completed by 2017.
- Jewel Complex construction (outside of T1) and T2 expansion: At the site of an outdoor carpark the 'Jewel complex' and the simultaneous Terminal 2 expansion (adding over 70 percent floor space on arrivals & baggage claim halls) will link Jewel, T2 and the MRT Mass Rapid Transit station. Also, a new Airport hotel and carpark will be added - all to be completion by 2018.
- Another 4-level passenger terminal 5 - located near airside of new T4 and covering an area of 870,000 sq.feet - to handle 20M passengers annually - is tentatively scheduled for completion by 2019, and will include a parking facility connected to the main terminal via monorail.
- As first step towards a three-runway system at Changi Airport, the main construction contractor was officially selected for the 'first package' of works. The runway currently used by the military will be converted to civilian use & extended to handle larger aircraft, while supporting taxiways will be developed to connect new Runway 3 to Changi Airport. The 3-runway sysem may be in place by the 'early 2020s'.
- Moving turboprop flights by late 2018 to Seletar Airport for more jet aircraft operations: Groundbeaking In October 2016 on new 2-level passenger terminal at Seletar Airport (able to handle 700,000 passengers annually), is to free up more space at Changi to add in their place more jet aircraft operations. The new 9,500 sq.meter terminal - with each 4 check-in & immigration counters, 2 security screening stations and a holdroom for up to 200 passengers - will include an area of 500 sq.meters, intended for business passengers. The current old terminal will then be demolished.