Air­port re­view

Our new col­umn starts with the world’s best air­port

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This enor­mous and very mod­ern air­port is recog­nised as be­ing one of the world’s best. It’s well laid out, easy to nav­i­gate and filled with dis­trac­tions for those with tran­sit time, in­clud­ing gar­dens, a cin­ema, snooze zones and quiet rest ar­eas, and abun­dant food and shop­ping. It has been voted Sky­trax World’s Best Air­port for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year.

WHERE

In Changi, the most east­erly cor­ner of Sin­ga­pore’s main is­land, which is mostly reclaimed land and no­table also for its air­force base and prison.

AIR­PORT CODE TER­MI­NALS

Four ter­mi­nals. Air Niugini uses Ter­mi­nal 1. Ter­mi­nals 1, 2 and 3 are linked by Sky­train in a few min­utes. Ter­mi­nal 4 is ac­ces­si­ble by shut­tle bus from Ter­mi­nal 2.

LOUNGE AC­CESS

Air Niugini uses SATS Premier Lounge, which has com­fort­able seat­ing, in­di­vid­ual work benches, pri­vacy booths, mas­sage chairs and buf­fet food.

DIS­TANCE TO CBD TAXIS & HIRE CARS

Taxi stands are out­side Ar­rivals. Fares are me­tered. The city cen­tre is 30 min­utes away and costs $S20– 40. Ter­mi­nal 3 has Avis, Budget and Hertz car-rental out­lets.

OTHER TRANS­PORT

The train sta­tion is linked to Ter­mi­nals 2 and 3, with trains run­ning from about 5.30am un­til about 11pm. Pub­lic buses de­part from bays be­neath Ter­mi­nals 1, 2 and 3.

SHOPS

Fash­ion and cos­metic out­lets, toys, elec­tron­ics and duty free. Tra­di­tional cakes from lo­cal brand Ben­gawan Solo make good presents. Ad­ven­tur­ous eaters can pur­chase salted eggs, dried cut­tle­fish crisps and ex­otic teas.

FOOD & BEV­ER­AGE

Ter­mi­nal 3 has burg­ers, In­dian veg­e­tar­ian food, tra­di­tional Chi­nese, sushi and more. Ko­pi­tiam show­cases lo­cal hawker fare such as Hokkien noo­dles with prawns, laksa, and na­tional noo­dle favourite char kway teow.

WI-FI

Both pub­lic and tran­sit ar­eas have free Wi-Fi. For a three-hour ser­vice, present your pass­port to ob­tain a pass­word. You can also get a pass­word via SMS if you have a lo­cal or roam­ing num­ber on your mo­bile.

WHAT ELSE? Changi fea­tures nu­mer­ous gar­dens where you can ad­mire gorgeous or­chids, cheer­ful sun­flow­ers or 40 va­ri­eties of cac­tus on an open-air rooftop. You’ll also find a fish pond, spas, rooftop swim­ming pool and mul­ti­me­dia gam­ing cen­tre.

FAVOURITE COR­NER

Ter­mi­nal 3’s But­ter­fly Gar­den sees a thou­sand but­ter­flies flit, many dis­play­ing spec­tac­u­lar trop­i­cal colours and pat­terns – it’s won­der­fully re­lax­ing. You can learn more about the but­ter­fly life­cy­cle in the breed­ing and feed­ing en­clo­sures.

CLOS­EST HO­TELS

Crowne Plaza Changi Air­port (changiair­port.crowne­plaza.com) at Ter­mi­nal 3 is an up­mar­ket ur­ban re­sort that fea­tures a pool, spa, fitness and day-use rooms. Ter­mi­nal 2’s Am­bas­sador Tran­sit Ho­tel (har­ile­la­hos­pi­tal­ity.com) of­fers by-the-hour ex­ten­sions on your stay and also op­er­ates a payper-use tran­sit lounge with nap suites, show­ers and business cen­tre. In­side Ter­mi­nal 1, Aero­tel Air­port Tran­sit Ho­tel (myaero­tel. com) is de­signed for overnight stays, but rooms can be booked in six-hour blocks. Power show­ers, swim­ming pool and jacuzzi help you un­wind.

SKY­TRAX SAYS

“Fan­tas­tic air­port – truly one of the most ef­fi­cient in the world.” “It’s cheap re­li­able, big and the per­fect place to roam free, for tran­sit es­pe­cially. It’ll be the best air­port you have ex­pe­ri­enced.”

Sin­ga­pore’s Changi Air­port ... (clock­wise from this page) there are more than 350 shops; food op­tions in­clude ev­ery­thing from snacks to chilli crab; a bed­room at the Am­bas­sador Tran­sit Ho­tel can be booked for six hours or more, from $S100; a snooze lounge; the rooftop pool is ac­ces­si­ble for a small fee; a koi pond and gar­den; the So­cial Tree where pas­sen­gers can elec­tron­i­cally at­tach their pho­tos and videos.

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