Sunday, September 25, 2011

singapore airport terminals

Singapore Changi Airport ranked as second best airport in the world as awarded by the prestige 2011 World Airport Awards and 2011 Skytrax Airport Awards. airports are rated according to its transport system, accessibility, navigational facilities, security and the extra amenities that it offers.
Changi Airport has three main terminals and two other terminals commonly used by the budget airlines. on this post i'll feature the three terminals that caters the major airlines including Singapore Airlines, the country's flag carrier that is also considered as the world's best airlines.
Changi Airport Terminal 1
Operation Started: July 1981
Area: 280km square
Bridges: 29
Hotel: Ambassador Transit Hotel
the oldest among the other two terminals but the ongoing rehabilitation of terminal 1 will bring in a big upgrade. it looks crowded in comparison of the the other two terminals considering that its check-in hall is slightly smaller.
Changi Airport Terminal 2
Operation Started: November 1990
Area: 358km square
Bridges: 35
Hotel: Portion of Ambassador Transit Hotel
terminal 2 is organized by the details that it has a number of information centers, ATMs, money changer and free internet access strategically located to serve all the four major gates. 
like terminal 1 it has a large area of shops that will make you think that it looks more like a mall than an airport. GST refund centers are available on all terminals and process is easy to get your 7% rebate.
Changi Airport Terminal 3
Operation started: January 2008
Area: 380km square
Bridges: 28
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel
if Terminal 2 looked so much like a mall, Terminal 3 looked more like a museum to me. its high and intricately designed ceiling are among its most notable feature. as i explored more of the structure, i found that it also holds a butterfly garden.
the basement holds more shops including its popular Slide which took me quite some time to find. with the help of the airport map, the first thing you need to identify is its level and your location. finding the shops will be easier.
along the way, i found my favorite Singapore food shop Ya Kun Kaya Toast. best for its toasted kaya bread that already has a branch at Philippine NAIA Terminal 2 and on some parts of Metro Manila. but i was surprised to see a shop named Jollibean.
despite Changi's three large terminals, transiting from one terminal to the other is easy. the airport's skytrain makes an almost hassle-free transfer. available every 5minutes with a transit time of just 3-5minutes. 
this connection makes the entire Changi Airport work so efficiently. arriving at the airport an hour or 45minutes before your flight is okay. the airport is also accessible through the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) that can connect you to Singapore's business district.
this makes Singapore a perfect stopover for flights to India, Middle East and the European countries. Changi Airport is also considered by the Aussie as the Kangaroo route as it serves as the hub for Qantas Airlines to Europe. you will love Changi.

Official Website: Singapore Changi Airport
Interactive Map: Airport Map


Photo Cache said...

Changi Airport is really amazing. It's a destination in itself.

blissfulguro said...

agree kay photo cache!:)

Chyng said...

me to Dyanie: teh, look oh may jollibee!
dyanie: ano ka ba, jollibean yun! hindi jollibee.

fine, ako na perstaymer sa SG. ^_^

Unknown said...

hindi ako na-bore dyan sa Changi..daming pwede gawin. kahit ung budget terminal nila although malayo lang ang lalakarin.hehe

Kura said...

world class naman ng airport na yun. Kala ko ang bongga na ng NAIA natin. hahah! Never been to other countries kasi. (Loser? hihihi!)

Pasasaan ba't makikita ko rin yan. Kung sa kanila train ang pang transfer, bus ang satin bakit ba? hahah! kanya kanyang trip. Suggest ko nga ang jeep. =)

jaki said...

sali ka dito:

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

love ko ang ceiling ng airport! asteeg ang interior!

gillboard said...

buti you were allowed to take a picture sa airport. other countries don't allow that.

alicesg said...

Hahaha you are right about our CHangi Airport. Family goes there during weekend to dine and at the same time to get some grocery shopping done. I will be inside Terminal 3 next month. :)

Borneo Falcon said...

I was there when I was a kid and it had expanded since. Truly an impressive and efficient airport.

Ed said...

makakadaan ako ng Changi next year. Dapat makalaan ako ng isang araw para maglibot lang dito. hehe.

wow, may butterfly garden pa.
will take note of that toast shop! :D

John Marx Velasco said...

I was amazed when I stepped into this airport last month. Ang ganda ng ambiance pati pang mayaman talaga. Hehehe! :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Wonderful airport1 I still hope I will land one day in Singapore!

sheng said...

I have never been anywhere outside Pilipinas kong mahal so I see this as an opportunity to check out what airports outside Pinas look like. They are huge and I am so positive I'd get lost there with no one to help me figure out where i am. I wanna go there!

SandyCarlson said...

Spotless, spacious, and beautiful, all.

tina said...

Nice Dom, something to look forward again in our trip! :)

I have seen Yun Kaya Toast, but never tried it. :)

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Binabasa mo rin pala ang Skytrax report. Been checking that for several years now to see the standing of my fave airlines. As far as airports go, Changi is really impressive, up there with Chek Lap Kok and Schipol Airport.


Very efficient pa. I remember checking in 30 mins before my flight, walang aberya. Easy breezy. :) I love their small bookstore too. Mahal lang ang food. :)

lakwatsera de primera said...

For me, Terminal 3 is the runaway winner, i love the intricately designed ceiling.

SunnyToast said...

Changi Airport is indeed a world class. Ang sosyal pag balik ko dyan mag pictorial mode tlga kahit masita ako ng guard!

Pietro Brosio said...

Nice sequence about the airport! Amazing!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Changi's so huge! When I had a connecting flight, kumaripas talaga ako ng takbo kasabay isa pang OFW... takot kami baka maiwan ng isang plane. We only had less than 2 hours.

Great post Dom, super detailed :)

Bengbeng said...

This post is such that i feel like i was there :)

Raft3r said...

hands down
maganda talaga ang airport nila

Ibyang said...

Changi Airport is really one of the best. I don't mind having my stopovers there.

Heart of Rachel said...

It's world class indeed.

tndcallphilippines said...

what an airport! i guess if i havent had an excuse to visit Singapore before - you've just given me one. :)

perth domestic airport parking said...

Singapore has a lot of things to offer and different spots to enjoy. Starting from the airport, you can really say that Singapore is an industrialized and well developed country. The facilities are great too.

Anonymous said...

That's one of the biggest and most beautiful airport I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing this pictures and your experience too.
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aviation accident attorney said...

That airport looks great. It will surely provide a good welcome to all travelers entering Singapore. I wish have something like that here.

Helen said...

The Changi International Airport terminal is world-class in terms of airport amenities, design, and service. Whenever I travel to Singapore, I am always enamored by the beautiful ceilings and interior designs.
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aviation attorney said...

It is definitely luxurious, the Changi Airport is already a tourist spot in itself. I can definitely say it's world class.

Unknown said...

I haven't been to Singapore for over decade and I was quite impressed that their airport has done so much rework in just as short as 10 years! Truly impressive! plane crash attorney


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