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Changi Airport

  1. Michael Filippone
  2. Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Changi Airport

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

Why is Changi Airport the Best Airport in the World?

The Changi Airport has been named the best international transit airport in the world at the 2012 World Airport Awards. The airport has several features that international travelers adore. For 25 consecutive years, readers at Business Traveller named the airport the best airport in the world for business travelers. In all, the airport has won 410 awards since it opened in 1981.

The airport houses 100 airlines making over 6,100 weekly flights to 220 cities located in 60 countries worldwide. The largest airline at the Changi Airport is the home base for seven airlines. Those airlines are Jetstar Asia Airways, Jett8Airlines, Scoot, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways and Valuair. Between the 100 airlines a flight lands or takes off from the airport every 100 seconds.

360 retail stores and 130 food establishments serve travelers to the airport. Passengers can also enjoy many things that make the Changi Airport truly unique. Passengers flying into or out of terminal one can take a dip in the swimming pool or relax in the Jacuzzi, while watching planes land and take off. Travelers can pay an entry fee for a dip in the pool, a refreshing shower, a towel and a free drink.

Travelers can also enjoy free first-run movies in Terminal 2 and 3.
Travelers can also choose to take in one of the airport’s five gardens. In fact, the butterfly garden in Terminal 3 is among the best in the world with 1,000 butterflies living at the airport representing 50 different species. Photography buffs should make a point to visit this garden to take great photos of the butterflies feeding on pineapples and flowers.

If you are traveling with children, make sure to head to Terminal 2 where children can make their own wooden block stamp art, a traditional art in Singapore. Children also love the large Changi Aviation Gallery divided into interactive stations where children learn about how the airport works. Large play areas are available at Terminal 2 and at Terminal 3.

Terminal 1 has just been redone and includes the largest kinetic sculpture in the world. If you need a nap while traveling, then try the sleeping cubicles. The best sleeping cubicle is located inside the Rainforest Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge West, Level 3. These cubicles are small and can be rented in three-hour increments.
The Changi Airport also has 146 transit hotel rooms that can be rented in six-hour blocks. The hotels include showers, fitness facilities and a sauna.

The Changi Airport may make you want to change your travel plans. Come, see what it has for you to discover.

Changi Airport.

Michael Filippone

About the Author: Michael Filippone

Michael Filippone has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. Each year he travels several hundred thousand miles. He regularly visits Singapore for business and has a great love of the Orient.

His favorite things are morning runs in big cities and getting lost. He has a great passion for all things that are water-sport related: paddle surfing, surfing, free diving, fishing, rowing… Here you will find his musings on everything from where to go get lost on a jungle adventure to a road-trip in Thailand to a romantic cruise weaving through the Indonesian archipelago. Here too are hand-selected articles penned for him by writers he likes on the best places to go from Singapore. As well as being one of the key drivers behind setting up, he runs and part-owns – a travel site on all things happening in the wider region. Michael is known to be fond of skipping rope and other than the odd beer, his preferred beverage is coconut water. He loves to fish and play volleyball with his children. He trained as an Olympic rower and loves to see his children find their way in sports and life.

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