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Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs, so unless you’re coming from Peninsular Malaysia or Batam/Bintan in Indonesia, the easiest way to enter Singapore is by air. In addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines  and its regional subsidiarySilkAir, Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, ‘Jetstar Asia and Scoot. There 2 commercial airports Changi and Seletar Airport
In addition to the locals, every carrier of any size in Asia offers flights to Singapore, with pan-Asian discount carrier AirAsia and Malaysian regional operator Firefly operating dense networks from Singapore. There are also direct services to Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, North America, and even South Africa. Singapore is particularly popular on the “Kangaroo Route” between Australia and Europe, with airlines like KLM, British Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates using Singapore as the stopover point.
Singapore has very strict drug laws, and drug trafficking carries a mandatory death penalty — which is applied to everyone, including foreigners. Even if you technically haven’t entered Singapore and are merely transiting (eg. changing flights without the need to clear passport control and customs) while in possession of drugs, you would still be hanged by the neck until dead on the next Friday after your sentencing. The paranoid might also like to note that in Singapore, it is an offence even to have any drug metabolites in your system, even if they were consumed outside of Singapore. Customs occasionally perform spot urine tests at the airport! There is no duty free allowance for cigarettes: all cigarettes legally sold in Singapore are stamped “SDPC”, and smokers caught with unmarked cigarettes may be fined $500 per pack. (In practice, though, bringing in one opened pack is usually tolerated.
Banned in Singapore:
There’s more to the list than just porn and drugs:
- Handcuffs, even if pink and fuzzy
- Feeding pigeons or monkeys (in and around nature reserves, to protect the animals and the environment)
- Chewing gum (note: the sale of chewing gum is banned; possession of chewing gum for personal consumption has never been illegal)
- Male homosexual intercourse (note: the act of anal intercourse between males is illegal, due to the continuing legacy of old British laws; homosexuality in itself has never been illegal)
Now the Airports
Little bit about
Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS), or simply Changi Airport, is the main airport in Singapore. A major aviation hub in Southeast Asia, it is about 17.2 km (10.7 mi) northeast from the commercial centre inChangi, on a 13 square kilometres (3,200 acres) site.
As befits the country’s main airport’s major regional hub status Changi Airport and officially the ‘best airport in the world’ ) is big, pleasant and well organized, with immigration and baggage distribution remarkably fast. The airport is split into three main terminals (T1, T2 and T3).
Figuring out which terminal your flight arrives in or departs from can be complicated: for example, Singapore Airlines uses both T2 and T3, and only announces the arrival terminal two hours before landing. Fortunately transfers are quite easy, as the three main terminals are connected with the free Skytrain service, which can be used without passing through immigration. Terminal 1 is physically connected to Terminals 2 and 3. By walking that you will not notice you’re in a different terminal except by reading the signs. Your departing terminal is more straightforward as Singapore Airlines designates T2 as departures for destinations in South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa while all other destinations will use T3. When you return to the airport and are leaving Singapore via Singapore Airlines, be sure to at least tell the driver your destination so he knows which terminal to take you to.
Unlike most other airports, there are no separate zones for departing and arriving passengers in the main terminals prior to passport control hence arriving passengers are free to shop and eat at the airside establishments if they are not in a hurry to meet someone or catch prearranged transportation. In addition, if they have no luggage checked-in from their point of origin, they can clear passport control at any other terminal.
If you have over 5h to spare there are free city tours five times a day departing from the airport. To register for any of the tours, simply approach the staff at the Free Singapore Tours (FST) Registration Booth located in:
- Terminal 2: Near the escalators to North Arrival Immigration and Skytrain station at Transit Mall North, Level 2 (Near Transfer Lounge E)
- Terminal 3: Next to Transfer Lounge B at Transit Mall North, level 2
- If you are at Terminal 1, you can proceed to Terminal 2 for registration.
Even if stuck in the airport, there are plenty of ways to kill time, as each terminal has a unique design and the airside areas of T1, T2, and T3 are attractions in themselves. T2, arguably the most interesting, has an indoor garden, a music listening area with couches and mood lighting, a computer gaming room, a small movie theatre, paid massage services, and of course plenty of duty-free shops. T3, the newest, has a butterfly garden and plenty of natural light, but fewer entertainment options. T1 has a swimming pool for $13.91 and jacuzzi, both open until 23:00. You can travel between the main terminals without passing through immigration and, if you have no checked-in luggage to collect, you can clear passport control and customs at any terminal.
In all terminals, internet access is provided free of charge, both wirelessly and via some 200 terminals and kiosks, there are some Xbox systems set up to keep gamers entertained, and there’s live lounge music at times. There are also SingTel and Starhub payphones that offer unlimited free local calls. ATMs abound and money changers offer reasonable rates as well, although you pay a small premium compared to the city. Food options are varied and generally reasonably priced, with some choice picks including the Peranakan-themed Soup Restaurant (T2 landside), which serves much more than just soup, and Sakae Sushi (T2 airside). If you’re up for a little adventure, seek out the staff canteen at level 3M of the car park next to T2, it’s open to the public (with discounts for airport staff) and serves local food. It is relatively cheap compared to other food options in the airport but not exactly cheap compared to elsewhere in Singapore. There are also staff canteens in Terminals 1 and 3.
Terminals T1, T2 and T3 all have airside (ie accessible without passing through immigration) transit hotels. ☎ +65 6541 9106 or book on-line via the Ambassador Transit Hotel website. A 6h “block” for a single/double/triple costs $73.56/82.39/110.35, budget singles (shared bathroom) $51.50, extensions $17.65 per hour. You can rent a shower (without a room) to freshen up for $8.40. The Plaza Premier Lounges also offer a basic but functional gym with shower for $8.40 with a Singapore Airlines boarding pass.
In addition to a wide array of duty-free shops and eating outlets, Changi Airport has five garden areas, some outdoors and some indoors. Open to customers of the airport, the gardens are: Cactus Garden (T1 – outdoor), Sunflower Garden (T2 – outdoor), Orchid Garden (T2 – indoor), Enchanted Garden (T2 – indoor), and Butterfly Garden (T3 – outdoor). Changi Airport has numerous business centres located around the airport. Within the international transit area of the interconnected Terminals 1,2 and 3, internet and games facilities, prayer rooms, showers, spas, gym, swimming pool and a hotel are provided. Various lounge areas are provided, some including children’s play areas or televisions showing news, movie and sport channels.
Project Jewel was announced in August 2013 – a new terminal structure intended as a mix-use complex situated on a 3.5 hectare site where the Terminal 1 car park now resides. Essentially a new multi-storey underground car park will replace the existing facilities, while an indoor garden, with a waterfall, is built above. The new building will sit between the three existing terminal buildings, enabling passengers to transfer via the new complex, whilst being an attraction and shopping destination in itself. The design will consist of a circular structure, reminiscent of a doughnut, with a large garden located at the centre and water falling from the edge of the circular atrium opening.
The airport, operated by the Changi Airport Group, is the home base of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, AirAsia, Scoot, Tigerair, Jetstar Asia Airways, and Valuair. As of December 2014, Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines operating 6,400 weekly flights connecting Singapore to 300 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. Changi Airport has three passenger terminals with a total annual handling capacity of 66 million passengers. Terminal 1 opened in 1981, followed by Terminal 2 in 1990 and Terminal 3 in 2008. The Budget Terminal, opened on 26 March 2006 and closed on 25 September 2012, will make way for Terminal 4 which will be ready by 2017. Changi Airport Terminal 5 is set to be ready in mid-2020s which will be able to handle 50 million passenger This made it the fifth busiest airport by international passenger traffic in the world and the second busiest in Asia by international passenger traffic in 2013. Changi’s daily record was broken on 21 December 2013, the Saturday before Christmas Day, with 191,800 passengers passing through the 24 hours. In addition to being an important passenger hub, the airport is one of the busiest cargo airports in the world, handling 1.85 million tonnes of cargo in 2013. The total number of commercial aircraft movements was 343,800 in 2012.
Terminals 1, 2, and 3 are directly connected via a monorail people mover system, with airside passengers being able to freely move between the terminals without going through immigration. Transport within and between these three terminals is also provided by people movers and the skytrain system, although it is also possible to walk between the terminals on foot for landside visitors.
Terminal 1 offers a newly expanded selection of shopping and dining – 85 choices in all. Be sure to check in early and check them out!
|LOCATION||ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE|
|LEISURE & INDULGENCES|
|Transit||Hair and Beauty Services, Horticulture Display, Gardens, Napping Areas, Shower, Fitness and Spa Services, Swimming Pool, Transit Hotel|
|FACILITIES & SERVICES|
|Public||Baby Care, Baggage Services, Convenience Stores, Hotel Reservation Counter, Information and Customer Service Counter, Pharmacies, Money Changer, Passenger Meeting Services, Postal Services, Changi Recommends|
|Transit||Baby Care, Baggage Services, Convenience Stores, Information and Customer Service Counter, Medical Services, Pharmacies, Money Changer, Postal Services, Speedpost @ Changi Service,Telecommunications Services, Prayer Room, Smoking Areas, Special Needs|
|INTERNET & BUSINESS|
|Transit||Internet Access, Business Centre Airlines terminal 1|
|AIRLINE||CODE||GROUND HANDLING AGENT||TEL NUMBER||WEBSITE|
|Air China||CA||SATS||(65) 6225 2177||www.airchina.sg|
|Air France||AF||dnata||(65) 6542 8822||www.airfrance.sg|
|Air Mauritius||MK||dnata||(65) 6222 3172||www.airmauritius.com/|
|Air Niugini||PX||dnata||(65) 6250 4868||www.airniugini.com.pg/|
|AirAsia||AK||Self-handled||(65) 6542 1248||www.airasia.com|
|Bangkok Airways||PG||dnata||(65) 6545 8481||www.bangkokair.com/en/index.php|
|Biman Bangladesh Airlines||BG||SATS||(65) 6542 9380||www.biman-airlines.com/|
|British Airways||BA||SATS||(65) 6395 5555||www.britishairways.com/|
|Cathay Pacific Airways||CX||dnata||(65) 6533 1333||www.cathaypacific.com|
|China Airlines||CI||dnata||(65) 6737 2144||www.china-airlines.com/|
|China Southern Airlines||CZ||SATS||(65) 6223 3233||www.cs-air.com/|
|Delta Airlines||DL||dnata||(65) 6336 3371||www.delta.com/|
|Drukair||KB||dnata||(65) 6338 9909||www.drukair.com|
|Emirates||EK||dnata||(65) 6543 0001||www.emirates.com|
|EVA Air||BR||SATS||(65) 6226 1533 (GSA)||www.evaair.com|
|Finnair||AY||dnata||(65) 6226 3350||www.finnair.com.sg|
|Golden Myanmar Airlines||Y5||dnata||(65) 6542 5197
(65) 6542 5142
|Indonesia AirAsia||QZ||Self-handled||(65) 6542 1248||www.airasia.com/id/en/home.html|
|Japan Airlines||JL||SATS||(65) 6220 2016||www.sg.jal.com|
|Jetstar International||JQ||dnata||(65) 800 6161 977 (toll-free)||www.jetstar.com/|
|Jetstar Asia||3K||APS||(65) 6318 0888||www.jetstar.com/|
|KLM Royal Dutch Airlines||KL||dnata||(65) 6542 8822||www.klm.com|
|Myanmar Airways International||8M||SATS||(65) 6545 4733||www.maiair.com/|
|Philippine Airlines||PR||SATS||(65) 6542 5422||www.philippineairlines.com/|
|Qantas Airways||QF||SATS||(65) 6415 7373||www.qantas.com.au|
|Regent Airways||RX||SATS||(65) 6293 3733||www.flyregent.com|
|Thai AirAsia||FD||Self-handled||(65) 6542 1248||www.airasia.com|
|Thai Airways||TG||SATS||(65) 6542 8333||www.thaiairways.com.sg|
|Turkish Airlines||TK||SATS||(65) 6542 4213
(65) 6545 7894
|Valuair||VF||APS||(65) 6318 0888||www.jetstar.com/|
|Xiamen Airlines||MF||SATS||(65) 6221 0770||www.xiamenair.com.cn|
* Updated as of 23 June 2014
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