Saturday, June 23, 2012

Changi International Airport, Singapore

Of the few international airports I had explored in recent past (including Dubai, JFK, Colombo, Sau Paulo and Santiago), I find Changi international airport in Singapore more equipped to engage passengers. The reason I say so is because while all airports are loaded with duty free supermarkets trying to sell stuff, Changi offers lot of value added (most of them free) services to enable passengers make their wait a pleasant experience. 
Below are some of the provisions at Changi airport, which I couldn’t find in other airports I’ve been to.
  • Free leg massage chairs: Enjoy nice massage to your knees and foot at various massage chairs. No charges. In other airports, this service will be chargeable

  • Free big screen display: Enjoy favorite game at some of the big screens. No charges- killing couple of hours is not an issue
  • View aircrafts from up close (few other airports also facilitate this)- you can get close view of aircrafts landing and taking off. I clicked below picture while observing the landing and take offs
  • Kids play zone: free playing materials for kids to kill their time
  • Free internet- many airports offer this. But I found very few kiosks in Dubai and Colombo. Changi has considerably large number of kiosks to access internet, so you’ll not have to wait for long
  • Sky trains for inter terminal moves. (JFK had Air train connecting terminal to city though)
  • Clear Signages- In Dubai, I found an Indian restaurant in terminal 1 purely by luck. In Changi, restaurants and other facilities were easier to find due to adequate sign boards indicating what is where.
  • Changi airport authorities are very active on social media, responding to comments and concerns. 
Changi on facebook:
On twitter : @FansofChangi

Below: Casino counter at Changi Airport... 30SGD for a ticket
Above: A kiosk that allows you to take a photo of yourself and mail it to any email ID.

Changi also offers free city tours to those passengers who have couple of hours to spare before their connecting flight. If only I had this option in Dubai, I could have explored Dubai twice by now.

No wonder Changi is rated as one of the best airports in the world.
Also read: Newspapers in Singapore * Marina Bay Sands, Singapore *


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Rajesh Mahante said...

My kids had good time at Changi airport earlier this year

Vinaya Prasad said...

Good observations. Different people will have different tastes. An airport should cater to all sort of people. Changi seems to be successful at that

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George Cran said...

Wow reminded me of Reno with all those casinos and gambling games around the area. I recently booked for flights to Manila, hope their airport is as fun as that.

sanket rajawat said...

this is one of the best Airports in the world.. it also has a theater where mostly new animation movies are shown.. I remember how time flew once i had been waiting at this airport for around 7 hours !! :) by the way nice blog area.. after a longg time !!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@All: I am sorry, I missed responding to this post comments.

@Sanket Thanks.

@Vinaya Prasad: True

@Rajesh: Good to know