Changi Airport: the numbers of success
Singapore’s Changi Airport stretches over an area of 1,300 hectares, of which 870 have been reclaimed from the sea. It is equipped with two runways, each one 4 km long, and 3 Terminals with a handling capacity of almost 70 million passengers. In 2012 it was used by almost 51.2 million travellers and employs 32,000 people. From here, 6,600 flights take off a week, one every 100 seconds. The airport connects 250 cities and 106 airlines, including five based in Singapore: Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot, Tiger Airways, and Jetstar Asia. It is one of the seven busiest A380 hubs in the world with 286 weekly flights, which are operated by Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Lufthansa, Air France and Emirates, connecting 12 cities: Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich. The quality of the services offered is excellent. Travellers can shop in 330 stores and take a break in 120 restaurants and bars. The departure terminals offer luxury products, clothing, watches, perfume, cosmetics, accessories and electronics. There are over 50 high-end luxury boutiques such as Omega, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany & Co., Bally, Bottega Veneta, Emporio Armani, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Hermes, Bulgari, Burberry, Miu Miu, Montblanc, Rolex, Tod’s, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren and many others. Inside you will find five gardens: the Cactus Garden in Terminal 1, the Sunflower Garden, the Enchanted Garden, the Orchid Garden in Terminal 2 and the Butterfly Garden in Terminal 3, which contains more than a thousand butterflies. The roof of Terminal 3 features 919 skylights for an excellent filtration of sunlight, and is embellished with a green wall that extends for over 300 metres and is 15 metres tall. In the Entertainment Deck (Departure Transit Lounge, 3rd floor, Terminal 2, near the Sunflower Garden), there are games rooms (Kinect Room) with games consoles, music and video arenas, cinemas and a café for happily spending any stop-over time. In the 3 Terminals, there are more than 550 free internet hotspots with free Wi-Fi throughout the airport. At Changi Airport, the airline lounges are comfortable private rooms with a contemporary design, and there are also several payment Vip lounges which are open to the public. The Rainforest Lounge in Terminal 1, and Ambassador Transit Lounge in Terminal 2 and 3 offer the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing massage or an energising spa, exercise, or take a swim in the rooftop pool. There is no shortage of hairdressers and beauty salons to take care of your appearance and relax whilst waiting for your flight. Those who are looking for a personalised touch can choose the JetQuay Terminal, for a price, which will take care of the formalities of travel, check-in, immigration, luggage and accompaniment to the boarding gate. A new terminal is being prepared and will be completed in 2017, from which great successes for the airport will surely take-off.