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Encyclopedia > Changi Airport
Singapore Changi Airport
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Type of Airport commercial
Run by CAAS
Opened 1 July Singapore
Distance from Town 20 kilometers; 12 Miles
Latitude Longitude
01 21' 23" N 103 59' 28" E
Direction Dimensions Surface
Length (M) Width (M)
02L/20R 4,000 60 Bituminous Concrete
02C/20C 4,000 60 Bituminous Concrete
Passenger movements 24,664,137
Airfreight movements 1,611,407 tonnes
Aircraft movements 154,346
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Singapore Changi Airport (新加坡樟宜机场 / Bandar Udara Changi Singapura / சிங்கப்பூர் சாங்கி விமானநிலையம்) in the city and State of Singapore is one of the largest aviation facilities in Asia. Changi Airport is located in Changi, about 20 kilometres from the city centre on the eastern edge of Singapore island, and uses the IATA code SIN. It is operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

Singapore Changi Airport is the home base of Singapore Airlines, and many large jets and other types of planes owned by several international airlines operate there round the clock.


Airport development

The Airport currently has 2 parallel runways 02L (20R) and 02C (20C). Even though the airport has 2 parallel runways, the naming system is the result of the construction of the newer Changi East airbase only for use by the RSAF. The sole runway at Changi East is parallel to the existing 2 at Singapore Changi, and is named 02R (20L).

In 1975, a decision was made to build Changi Airport to replace Paya Lebar Airport and was officially opened in 1981. The airport is one of the earliest in the world to commence modification works to prepare the airport to accommodate the Airbus A380, which is expected to begin operations with Singapore Airlines in 2006. Plans to build a new low cost terminal for budget carriers, to be ready by early 2006 and a third terminal, to be ready by 2008, are also underway. It also has a unique 78 meter high control tower.


The airport had been known for its excellent services and good security, receiving a total of six awards within a short span of one month in 2003. The latest of these was the "Best Airport Award" from the Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper. This is the 6th consecutive year Changi Airport has received the award.

On 23 September 2003, Changi Airport also received two awards, namely "Best Airport Worldwide" for the 16th consecutive year and "Best Airport for Duty_free Shopping" for the 4th time from the UK/Europe edition of the Business Traveller magazine.

On 19 September 2003, Changi Airport was voted "World's Best Airport" and "Best Airport Duty_Free In The World" in a poll conducted by the Asia Pacific edition of the Business Traveller magazine.

On 16 September 2003, Changi Airport was named "Top Overseas Airport" by the UK_based Wanderlust magazine for the 3rd time.

With these latest awards, Changi Airport garnered a total of 12 awards in 2003.


One of Changi's terminals

Singapore Changi Airport has two terminals connected by a people-mover, with a third terminal currently under construction and due for completion in 2008.

Terminal 1

Terminal 2

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The airport is served by SMRT Corporation's Changi Airport MRT Station, which is directly linked to Terminal 2 and 3 on either end, and serves a dual function of providing a pedestrian connection between the two. It takes approximately 28 minutes to reach Raffles Place MRT Station in the city's Central Business District, excluding waiting times at Changi Airport MRT Station and Tanah Merah MRT Station, where a transfer to the East West Line is made. The fare will be S$1.60 on a standard ticket.


A bus stop is located at the basement level of each terminal. All arriving bus services serve Terminal 1 first, before moving on to Terminal 2 and then continuing on their journey out of the airport.

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External links

  • Changi Airport Homepage (http://www.changi.airport.com.sg)
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Homepage (http://www.caas.gov.sg)

  Results from FactBites:
Singapore Changi Airport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3864 words)
Changi Airport's efforts to counter the onset of age includes periodic physical upgrades to its existing terminals, building of new facilities, and raising the benchmark in service quality [3], a factor which cannot be bought or built overnight, and where it continues to excel over its rivals.
Changi Airport was the first in Asia to conceptualise and build a dedicated terminal catering to the budget travellor.
The airport is connected to the Mass Rapid Transit network, with Changi Airport Station located underground between Terminal 2 and the future Terminal 3.
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