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Your Guide to Singapore Airport

Recently awarded “The world’s best airport”, the Singapore Changi Airport serves as one of the major aviation hubs in Southeast Asia. Despite being a small city-state, the island packs in a wide array of experiences for both residents and visitors. Every amenity from shopping to dining, sightseeing and entertainment are available here. When you add to this the fact that the gateway to Singapore which is Changi Airport is awarded as the world’s best, there is no doubt that this modern city center is truly worth a visit.  

Quick Facts about Singapore Changi Airport

When you’re paying the city of Singapore a visit, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself first with what the airport has to offer. To start right off, here are some basic information about this aviation hub in Southeast Asia:

  • Airport name: Singapore Changi Airport (Changi Singapura)
  • IATA Code: SIN
  • ICAO Code: WSSS
  • Location: East Region of Changi, Singapore
  • Year built: 1981, corporatized in 2009.
  • Number of Passenger Terminals: 5
  • Elevation AMSL: 7 m./22 ft.
  • Coordinates:  01°21′33″N 103°59′22″E
  • Website: www.changiairport.com
  • Address: Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
                   Singapore Changi Airport

   PO Box 168
   Singapore 918146

There are dozens of major international airline carriers flying in and out of Singapore on a regular and seasonal basis. The passenger airline companies served by the airport include:

.    AirAsia


    Air France

.     Air India

    Air India Express

.     Air Mauritius

.     Air Niugini

    All Nippon Airways

.     Asiana Airlines

.     Bangkok Airways

.     Berjaya Air

.     Biman Bangladesh Airlines

   British Airways

    Cathay Pacific

.      Cebu Pacific

.      China Airlines

     China Eastern Airlines

     China Southern Airlines

     Delta Air Lines

.      Druk Air


     Ethiopian Airlines

     Etihad Airways

     EVA Air


.      Firefly

     Gadura Indonesia

.     Golden Myanmar Airlines

     Hainan Airlines


.      Indonesia AirAsia

    Japan Airlines

    Jet Airways

     Jestar Airways

.      Jetstar Asia Airways

.      KLM

.      Korean Air

     Lao Airlines

     Lion Air


     Malaysia Airlines

     Myanmar Airways International

     Philippine Airlines

.      Qatar Airways

     Royal Brunei Airlines



     Shenzhen Airlines

.      Sichuan Airlines


     Singapore Airlines

     Sri Lankan Airlines

     Sriwijaya Air

     Swiss International Airlines

.      Thai AirAsia

     Thai Airways

.      TigerAir

     Turkish Airlines

     United Airlines

     United Airways

.      Valuair

     Vietnam Airlines

.      Xiamen Airlines

Aside from passenger flights, there are also several cargo airline companies which use the Singapore Changi Airport as a main hub including Air Hong Kong, Asiana Cargo, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, DHL Aviation, EVA Air Cargo, FedEx Express, Singapore Airlines Cargo and many more. 


There are also airlines based in Changi which have an Air Operator Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. These carriers are Jetstar Asia Airways, Scoot, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airline cargo, Tiger Airways and ValuAir.


Both passenger and cargo flights have different destinations based on the home country of the airline carrier. However, the top 15 destinations of flights to and from Singapore include the following cities:


Changi Airport has a total of three runways, two measuring four kilometres in length while the other one measures 2.75 kilometres. These runways are made from asphalt to make it easier for airplane wheels to fly through during landings and take-offs. The total size of the entire airport is 1,300 hectares – a number which is equivalent to the size of 1,800 football fields!


This main aviation hub in Singapore actually had humble beginnings. It opened in 1955 with a single runway and a small terminal for passengers. When the demand for flights from all over the world increased, congestion problems led to the rise in the number of annual passengers using the airport.


In 1975, the government decided to simply expand the airport through land reclamation. Despite numerous problems encountered along the way, construction and several expansion projects went on, along with improvements which made the Singapore Changi Airport the passenger haven that it is today.

Terminal 1 was opened to the flying public in 1981. In 1990, Terminal 2 was opened while Terminal 3 was launched in 2008. There are two other terminals here including Terminal 4 which is the Budget Terminal, and the JetQuay CIP Terminal.


On the year 2012, more than 51 million passengers have passed through the Singapore Changi Airport. It also handled 1.8 tons of freight and over 60 million bags. Some of the busiest routes in the airport include flights to Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, Japan, UK, Indonesia, Australia and Vietnam.


On a daily basis, over 136,000 passengers depart and arrive at the Changi Singapore Airport. The facility currently employs 1,400 employees under the Changi Airport Group, while the total staff working at the airport itself adds up to 28,000.


Complete Amenities and Facilities for Passengers at the Singapore Changi Airport


If you have an airport that’s as huge as Singapore Changi, it is not a wonder why it has equally big facilities. Where else can you find an airport which has a game room, a prayer room, showering facilities, a spa, a gym and a swimming pool? All these along with the Singapore Airport Hotel are all available for tourists who are coming in.


The interconnected terminals 1, 2 and 3 have loungers, play areas for kids and a viewing room where passengers can watch movies, the news or sports. If you are included among the new Changi Airport Arrivals and you do not have the local currency just yet, you can exchange your money at the currency exchange offices. These are open 24/7 so you would not have to worry about not having any local money to spend upon your arrival.


The Singapore Airport arrivals and Singapore Airport departures’ live statuses are posted on screens at the airport, and on the website so you can check on the status of your flights before you leave home or your hotel. There are car rental in Singapore facilities which you can access right at the Arrivals area. Wireless Internet connection in all rooms and facilities at the Singapore airport is also available.


During your flight back home, you may want to grab a quick snack or sit down for a leisurely meal if you have the time for it. There are restaurants, snack bars and cafes at the airport. Other facilities include thousands of shops, a supermarket, the Singapore Tours facility, duty-free shops, and six open-air gardens.


Singapore is known as a green city and having an open-air garden right at the airport is testament to how much they are committed in keeping their city eco-friendly. Each garden represents different plant species including cacti, bamboo, sunflowers, orchids, ferns and heliconia. Business centers around the airport can also be used by travellers.


Aside from the ‘Best Airport Award’, the Singapore Changi Airport has received other accolades including the Airport Service Quality Awards for three straight years; Best Airport in Asia-Pacific; Best Airport by Size; and Best Airport Worldwide recognition in 2011.