The world’s favorite airport?
By Chris McGinnis
The San Francisco (CA) Chronicle
Bathrooms with runway views at Changi Airport.
Singapore’s Changi Airport is frequently recognized as the best in the world. On a recent trip to Singapore, I wanted to find out why, so I asked their communications team for a tour. We walked all over the massive facility, and even took a breezy ride in one of those beeping carts! Come on along for the ride and see why people love this place so much.
Some interesting tidbits I picked up along the way:
>There is an outdoor pool, jacuzzi, patio and tiki bar that anyone can enter for a $14 fee. Nice!
>Airport security screening is done at each gate instead of a central security checkpoint– that means all you have to do is show your passport and ticket to get into the terminals. This decentralized approach eliminates any peak time lines. Smart!
>There’s an outdoor butterfly garden open to all passengers. Talk about peaceful…and beautiful!
>The airport has a full time staff of 10 horticulturalists and 100 gardeners and there’s not one fake plant anywhere.
>Changi is pronounced “Chawng-eee” with a soft g sound.
>What we call “moving sidewalks” they call “travelators.” (I like travelator and plan to incorporate that into my lexicon!)
>There is a basic by-the-hour hotel in each of its three terminals. There’s also a 280-room Crowne Plaza hotel in the middle of the airport, which mainly houses travelers on layovers from the “kangaroo route” between the UK and Australia. (However, QANTAS is switching its stopover point on the kangaroo route to Dubai next year.)