Our new column starts with the world’s best airport
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.