Singapore Changi International Airport, or Changi Airport in short, is Singapore’s primary airport. Due to its strategic location, the airport is a major aviation hub in Southeat Asia. Over the years, Changi Airport has consistently received a stellar record of awards and accolades. With more than 450 awards, Changi Airport is the most awarded airport in the world. Presently, it serves about 106 airlines, which operate routes to 270 cities in 60 countries (as of May 2014).
The airport is 1,300 hectares in size, which is approximately 1,800 football fields. It comprises three terminals and two 4-kilometre runways. Changi Airport’s first terminal, T1, was the sole terminal when it opened in 1981. Later, T2 and T3 were built and fully functional in 1991 and 2008 respectively, to meet the ever-increasing demand for travel. Terminal 1 currently houses the head offices of major budget airline companies Jetstar Asia Airways, Valuair and Scoot. T2 and T3 both serve international carriers like Lufthansa, China Eastern Airlines, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, United Airlines and more.
In 2006, before T3 was fully constructed, the Budget Terminal was unveiled. Like its name suggests, the Budget Terminal caters specifically to the budget traveller, offering lower landing and handling fees, as well as less airport taxes. However, it was later closed in favour of further expansion of Changi Airport – with the addition of T4. Today, plans for T4 are already in the works, and the new terminal is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Changi Airport boasts an arsenal of food, retail, leisure and entertainment options for visitors. Shop for the finest in boutiques sporting the world’s biggest luxury brands, including Bottega Veneta, Bvlgari, Hermes, Prada, Miu Miu, and countless others. Accessorise your outfits with elegant jewellery from shops like Goldheart, Pandora, SK Jewellery and Tiffany & Co. Visit retail outlets that are popular among youngsters, such as Accessorize, Cotton On, Desigual, Lacoste, Victoria’s Secret and more. If you are looking for electronic products or cameras to document your trips, the airport also has several shops selling these items. Buy alcohol from duty free shops, and head to book and music stores for the latest bestsellers or CDs.
Apart from shopping, travellers are also spoilt for choice when it comes to eateries. Enjoy fresh brew at cafés scattered throughout the terminals, from global coffee chains like Starbucks to coffee houses with local tastes of Singapore. In bars, relax with an ice cold beers or sip on an exotic cocktail – whichever suits your mood. Grab a burger or fried chicken from a fast food joint, or indulge in local delights at the food courts. Several eateries are open 24 hours, allowing travellers to ease their hunger pangs whenever they arise.
To keep yourself occupied while waiting for your flight, why not visit the lovely Cactus Garden at T1, housing more than 40 species of cacti and succulents from around the globe. At T2, the Enchanted Garden, Orchard Garden & Koi Pond and Sunflower Garden are attractions not to be missed. In T3, visitors can walk among and admire diverse species of butterflies in the Butterfly Garden. Other interesting activities include viewing the Changi Aviation Gallery, gaming at the Entertainment Deck, exploring interactive art at Wood Block Rubbing and Asian Icon Interactive Art Stations.
Enjoy world-class facilities at Changi Airport, and the plethora of food, retail, leisure and entertainment options available.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 17 July 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Singapore Changi Airport website for the latest update of the following information.