Photo by Changi Airport Group
Awarded as the World’s Best Airport for 2014 by the World Airport Awards, this is the second consecutive year of Singapore’s Changi International Airport on the top position – besting other world-renowned airports like South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and Germany’s Munich Airport. The award was bestowed on March 26, 2014 at Barcelona, Spain.
The victor was determined through a survey conducted by International Travel Research and Consultants Firm, Skytrax. The respondents were almost 13 million passengers of 110 nationalities from about 395 airports all over the world.
Alongside the prestigious recognition, Singapore’s pride had also been recognized for best airport leisure amenities.
Terminal 3 Departure Hall | Photo by Changi Airport Group
The Singapore Changi Airport is the main airport of the country. Sprawled on a total land area size of 13 square kilometers, it has provided ample space for four major terminals, one of which is under renovation until 2017. The airport services more than 100 airlines from over 250 cities across 60 various countries. Every year, Changi receives millions of travelers going in and out, and transiting through Singapore, placing it in the list of the busiest airports with international traffic in the world.
With all these statistics said, it is fairly easy to determine why the Changi management and the Singaporean government are so keen in constantly raising the bar for developments and innovations. Backed up with full determination to provide the public with only the best, it has made available stunning facilities that would allow people to enjoy, get entertained and stay connected inside the airport premises.
As Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted once pointed out, Changi Airport indeed offers a whole travel experience on its own, setting standards which other airports are challenged to follow. It is an important move to convince people that staying in the airport is all part of wonderful journeys.
BOND WITH THE KIDS
As we all know, traveling with the kids often leans on the difficult side simply because the little ones do not have a long span of attention. They easily get bored when they can’t do or see anything new at least every fifteen minutes. That is why normally, children find airports an uninteresting place; and so Changi International Airport had provided great solutions to that.
Offering full-pledged entertainment to the little ones, the airport opened children’s playgrounds around the terminals. Fully air-conditioned, these indoor areas serve as great venues on which children ages 1-12 can play around while waiting for their flights.
Terminal 1 Transit : The Social Tree | Photo by Changi Airport Group
Terminal 2 Transit: Playground| Photo by Changi Airport Group
Terminal 3 Transit: Movie Theatre | Photo by Changi Airport Group
For less active kids who are into game consoles and computers, the airport has the entertainment deck. It has the XBOX Kinect Room, Music Area, MTV Booth, and an XBO X360/Playstation 3 Area. There is even a movie theatre where everyone can spend time watching those box office hits.
Interactive activity sections may also be used to practice those artistic genes within your kids! For some family bonding moments, Changi Airport opens the Entertainment Lounge, TV Lounges, and Family Zone too. The latter provides areas for mothers to diaper changing and nursing needs.
Terminal 2 Transit: Xperience Zone | Photo by Changi Airport Group
It is known that many fly in and out of Singapore, or at least transit through it, for business purposes. It is then understandable, their need to stay connected and updated with everything. For that, Singapore’s prime airport flaunts the availability of business centers where secretarial tasks can be done. Photocopying, typing and mailing of documents are easily completed in these areas.
Free Internet Kiosks | Photo by Changi Airport Group
More than 500 internet kiosks are also located around the terminals to let people stay connected before their flight. Using these computers is free of charge, as well as the fast Wi-Fi connection in the airport.
Those who wish to stay updated with news from the financial world may do so. Plasma televisions are especially channeled on news sites like BBC World, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia and CNN. Across the screens are comfortable lounge chairs for better experience.
Terminal 3 Transit: TV Lounges | Photo by Changi Airport Group
EXPERIENCE WITH NATURE
Now, the best contributing factor in making Changi Airport the best airport in the world today may be the nature experiences it offers. Within its premises, people can deviate themselves from the typical busy environment and relax as they appreciate the beauty of the gardens. There is the Cactus Garden located in Terminal 1; the Orchid Garden and Koi Pond, and the stunning Sunflower Garden in Terminal 2; and the mesmerizing Butterfly Garden in Terminal 3.
Terminal 1 Transit: Cactus Garden | Photo by Changi Airport Group
Terminal 2 Transit: Sunflower Garden | Photo by Changi Airport Group
Terminal 2 Transit: Orchid Garden | Photo by Changi Airport Group
Currently under maintenance is the Enchanted Garden in Terminal 2, a feature that utilizes sights and sounds. Flowers bloom when triggered by motion, detected by sensors; and the pathways are installed with sparkling lights, creating a fantasy-themed atmosphere. Many who had gone here had pointed out the ‘Shangri-La’ vibe the area exudes.
Other amenities that will make travelers feel rewarded are the rest areas with comfortable reclining seats, ideal for quick naps and sleeps; a shower area for some quick freshening up; a fitness and spa center; hair and beauty salon; a swimming pool (YES! A SWIMMING POOL!); a music bar lounge, and several dining facilities for everyone.
Terminal 1 Transit: Rooftop Swimming Pool | Photo by Changi Airport Group
Terminal 1Transit: Fish Spa and Reflexology | Photo by Changi Airport Group
Those merely transiting may also opt for a quick Singapore city tour arranged by the airport staffs. It lasts for two hours and is totally free!
People may also access a transit hotel and lounge for a more comfortable experience while waiting for their next flight. Crowne Plaza Hotel also has a direct link to Terminal 3, offering a more luxurious stay.
Singapore values its travelers, whether going in, out or merely through its airport. For the government and the management of Changi International Airport, it is not just about setting the trend for airports and gaining worldwide recognition that drives them to continuously exceed the public’s expectation. It is all about providing an unforgettable airport experience, in hope that a great impression towards the Lion City will be etched in the hearts of the people – even if their stays lasts for a few hours only.
*All images used are from Changi Airport Group