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The Changi International Airport in Singapore is the biggest international airport in Southeast Asia and serves for many connection flights between Europe, the USA and Australia. As for Singapore itself is both a city and independent state as for the Republic of Singapore is a city-state located on one main island surrounded by 60 smaller islands. Today, Singapore is a modern, highly urbanized city which offer many amenities, though it has taken a high toll on the local vegetation and animal life. The island is in a constants state of expanding due to land reclamation. Their international airport is a real gem of state of the art architecture and cutting edge navigation technology. Stay with us to learn more on this airport and how it can be useful to you when you will be planning your next trip abroad:
Changi International Airport in Singapore
- Location: the airport is located around ten miles in the northeast direction from the business area named Changi, which represents the eastern section of the city of Singapore. The airport ground takes the space of around 3.200 acres and it is managed by Changi Airport Group, though the ownership of the airport lies solely in the hands of the Government of Singapore. This airport is a home base for several Asian airlines, such as: Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, AirAsia, Scoot, Tigerair, Jetstar Asia Airways, and Valuair. These are some of the more than 100 airlines that provide around 6.500 flights on weekly basis, coming and taking off from the Changi Airport. It offers commercial flights and cargo transport, as well as charter and seasonal flights. Currently, there are five public terminals, named Terminal 1 to Terminal 5, as well as the privately owned and managed terminal JetQuay CIP Terminal, located next to Terminal 2. The airport has three runways, with the total length of 26 thousand feet. As it goes from the 2013 statistics, around 54 million passengers used Changi Airport either for transit flight or direct landing.
- History: so far, the building of the Changi airport is the greatest construction project of Singapore. As the land where the airport now lies was swampy and marshy, it took the team lead by Howe Yoon Chong (the person responsible for most of Singapore’s infrastructural and urbanization undertakings) to level up the ground and make is suitable for building. The leveling started in 1975 and was performed by a famous Japanize construction company. Six years and 1.3 billion dollars later, the first phase of the airport was opened in 1981. The airport never stopped growing from that point onwards, as terminals, hangars, and other facilities kept being added due to the passenger and cargo demands. In 2013, the Jewel Project was announced, to build a new terminal structure between Terminals 1, 2, and 3, which will facility the passenger transfer. The concept of the building is circular, with a garden and a waterfalls in the center. As is building will take the whole of the Terminal 1 parking lot, an underground parking zone is planned to run under its base. The space is planned to be used as shopping, entertainment, and leisure center for the passengers.
- Accessibility: the East Coast Parkway is an express way running through the east coast of Singapore and offers the fastest way to and from the airport. This express way was built in the same time as the airport, bearing in mind the future passenger frequency. It offers the fastest way to reach the city center, which is around 20 miles away. The express way lies completely on reclaimed land, thus does not intersect with any of the pre-existing infrastructure and crowding and traffic jams are avoided. Terminal 2 and 3 are stations of the Mass Rapid railroad network and the one-train system provides for the best solution. Three separate bus companies provide lines for connecting the airport and various sections of the city and they are massively used both by airport employees and passengers alike. As for taxi service, each of the terminals’ arrival hall has their very own taxi stand. The Changi Airport SkyTrain has seven stations on the main terminals and has the role of shuttle service. You can b5 amoard a train of this line between half past am and half past 2 am every day, free of charge.
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- Facilities: two hotels offer accommodation on the premises of Changi Airport: the Crowne Plaza and the Ambassador Transit Hotel. The Crowne Plaza is linked to Terminal Three by covered walkways and the rest of the terminals by shuttle and train service. This hotel offers accommodation in 320 luxurious rooms, as well as the commodity of their Club Lounge, meeting rooms, spas, health and fitness clubs, and a swimming pool. The Ambassador Transit hotel offers accommodation to their guests in separate buildings on each terminal. As it is a transit hotel, the guests are excluded from immigration check-ups. They are famous for their restaurants which offer a casual surrounding combined with exquisite local and international cuisine. As for the lounges and waiting rooms, each of the terminals is equipped with the best of them, as they hold the comfort of their passengers in highest regard. The gift shops and other amenities in the duty free zone will offer you every merchandize possible, from designer clothing imported from Europe to hand-crafted local souvenirs. The food courts of each terminal offer every chain restaurants, as well as small diners with local food.