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Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport

Lapangan Terbang Changi Singapura


Singapore Changi Airport logo.svg
Airport of Singapore, Crowne Plaza.JPG
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerGovernment of Singapore[1]
LocationChangi, East Region, Singapore
Opened1 July 1981 (operational)
29 December 1981 (official)
Hub for
Focus city for
Time zoneSST (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL6.66 m / 22 ft
Coordinates01°21?33?N 103°59?22?E / 1.35917°N 103.98944°E / 1.35917; 103.98944Coordinates: 01°21?33?N 103°59?22?E / 1.35917°N 103.98944°E / 1.35917; 103.98944
SIN /WSSS is located in Singapore
Location in Singapore
SIN /WSSS is located in Southeast Asia
SIN /WSSS (Southeast Asia)
SIN /WSSS is located in Asia
SIN /WSSS (Asia)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02L/20R[N 1] 4,000 13,123 Asphalt concrete
02C/20C 4,000 13,123 Asphalt concrete
02R/20L[N 2] 4,000 13,123 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passenger movementsIncrease 65,600,000
Air freight movements (tons)Increase 2,150,000
Aircraft movementsIncrease 386,000

Singapore Changi Airport, commonly known as Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS), is a major civilian airport that serves Singapore, and is one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia. It is currently rated the World's Best Airport by Skytrax for the seventh consecutive year since 2013.[5][6] It is also the first Airport in the world to do so for seven consecutive years and is one of the world's busiest airports by international passenger and cargo traffic. The airport is located in Changi, at the eastern end of Singapore, approximately 20 kilometres northeast[7] from Marina Bay (Singapore's Downtown Core), on a 13-square-kilometre (5.0 sq mi) site. Runway 02L/20R is known as Runway 1, 02C/20C as Runway 2, and 02R/20L as Runway 3. The airport is operated by Changi Airport Group and it is the home base of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Scoot, Jetstar Asia Airways and BOC Aviation.

In 2018, Changi served 65,628,000 passengers, making it the 19th busiest airport in the world.

Overview of Changi Airport

Map of the Singapore Airport with expansions

As of 1 March 2019, Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines flying to 400 cities in around 100 countries and territories worldwide. Each week, about 7,400 flights land or depart from Changi, or, about once every 80 seconds.

For the 2018 full-year figures published by the airport, the airport handled 65,600,000 passengers (a 5.5% increase over the previous year), the most in its 37-year history.[4] This made it the seventh busiest airport by international passenger traffic in the world and the third busiest in Asia. In December 2018, Changi Airport registered a total of 6.13 million passenger movements, the highest the airport has ever achieved in a month since it opened in 1981. Its daily traffic movement record was also broken on 21 December 2018, with 221,155 passengers passing through during that day. In addition to being an important passenger hub, the airport is also one of the busiest cargo airports in the world, handling 2.150 million tonnes of cargo in 2018. The total number of commercial aircraft movements increased by 3.4% from the previous year to 386,000 in 2018.[4]

The airport has won over 594 awards since its opening, including 30 "Best Airport" awards in 2018 alone.[8] Changi Airport's efforts to mitigate the effects of ageing infrastructure include continual physical upgrades to its existing terminals and building new facilities to maintain its high standards in airport service quality.[9]

Passenger terminals

Changi Airport has five main passenger terminals arranged in an elongated inverted 'U' shape with Jewel in the centre of the 'U' shape. Currently, the airport has a designed total annual handling capacity of 85 million passengers.

  • Terminal 1, opened on 1 July 1981, is located at the northern end. This terminal was renovated in 2019.[10]
  • Terminal 2, opened on 22 November 1990, is located at the eastern end.
  • Terminal 3, opened on 9 January 2008, is located at the western end.
  • Terminal 4, opened on 31 October 2017, is located on the southern side, at the site of the former budget terminal.

There is also a privately run luxury terminal called the JetQuay CIP Terminal. It is similar to the Lufthansa First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport, but is open to all passengers travelling in all classes on all airlines with an access fee.

Former Budget Terminal

The short-lived Budget Terminal was opened on 26 March 2006 and closed on 25 September 2012 to make way for a larger Terminal 4, which opened on 31 October 2017.[11]

Mixed-use development

HSBC Rain Vortex at the Jewel Changi complex
  • Jewel Changi Airport, opened on 17 April 2019, is a multi-use structure interconnecting Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Part of this project will help expand Terminal 1 to handle 24 million passengers per year.

Future terminals and projects

  • Terminal 5 is set to be ready in the mid 2030s. It is expected to handle 50 million passenger movements per annum.[12] The airport terminal structure is projected to be larger than terminals 1,2 and 3 combined. It will be built on reclaimed land to the east of the present terminals. It will be funded through the newly increased levy.[13] KPF Singapore with Heatherwick Studio, Architects 61, and DP Architects will provide architectural services. Arup Singapore, Mott MacDonald Singapore and Surbana Jurong Consultants will provide engineering services.


Terminal 2 check-in area
Terminal 3 airside area
Aerial view of Singapore Changi Airport. The forested area to the right of the airfield has since been cleared for Terminal 5.

Passenger operations

As the airport only handles international passenger traffic, all terminals in operation are equipped with immigration-processing facilities for international travel.

After recovering from a drop in passenger traffic as a result of the September 11 attacks in 2001 and the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003, the airport saw rapid growth in traffic, which hit the 30-million mark for the first time in 2004. In March 2008, prior to the full effect of the financial crisis of 2007-2010 on the global economy, the airport was predicted to handle 50 million passengers by 2012[14] due to the opening of casinos in Singapore and the phased liberalisation of the Asean aviation sector. As predicted, the airport surpassed the 50-million mark in 2012.[9]

On 18 December 2017, the airport surpassed the 60-million mark for the first time.[15][16]

The airport saw a record 65.6 million passenger movements in 2018 - beating 2017's record of 60 million passengers with a 5.5 per cent increase.[17]

In 2019, Firefly, the sole turboprop operator in Changi Airport moved to Seletar Airport to make way for their jet operations.[18][19][20]


The Air Cargo Division of the Changi Airport Group (CAG) manages the Changi Airfreight Centre[21] located in the north of the airport premises.[22] The airport handled 1.81 million tonnes of air cargo in 2012, making it the 7th busiest airfreight hub in the world and the fifth busiest in Asia.[23] Due to Singapore's large electronics sector, electrical components constitute a significant part of the total cargo traffic handled at the airport. Changi airport has initiated attempts to expand into the perishable air cargo market. In 2015, Changi Airport handled 1,853,087 tonnes of air freight. Air Cargo World awarded the 2013 Air Cargo Excellence Award to Changi Airport for handling more than 1,000,000 tonnes of cargo in Asia.[24]

The airport handled 2,006,300 tonnes of cargo in 2016, making it the 13th top cargo airport in the world and the sixth in the Asia Pacific region.[25]

In 2017, the airport handled 2,125,226 tonnes of cargo. The top five cargo markets for the airport were China, Australia, Hong Kong, United States and India.[26]

Key markets and destinations

In 2018, Indonesia was the largest market for the airport, followed by Malaysia, China, Thailand, Australia, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam. Kuala Lumpur was the top destination for travellers in the airport, followed by Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Manila, Denpasar/Bali, Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei and Sydney.[27]

Safety and security

Singapore Airport Emergency Services Griffon 8000TD

The Changi Airport Group (CAG) manages the overall safety and security of the airport. The Airport Management Division of the CAG manages the customer aspects of the airport's security, while the Aviation Security Unit oversees the airport's compliance with aviation security (AVSEC) policies, and manages AVSEC-related projects.[22] The airport's emergency and fire-fighting services are handled by the Airport Emergency Service Division.[28] The Airport Emergency Services handles all instances of rescue and fire-fighting within the airport premises as well as in surrounding waters. It operates from two main fire stations (Station 1 by Runway 1 along West Perimeter Road and Station 2 by Runway 2 along Changi Coast Road), one sub-station (Domestic Fire Station), and one sea rescue base near the airport.[29]

The airport's security comes under the regulatory purview of the Airport Police Division of the Singapore Police Force (SPF). The day to day discharge of security functions at the airport is performed by auxiliary police forces including Aetos Security Management, Certis CISCO and SATS Security Services. Aetos and SATS Security Services are affiliated to the ground handling companies of Dnata and Singapore Changi Airport Terminal Services respectively.[30] On 29 April 2008, CAAS signed its then-biggest single security contract for all airport-related security services by engaging Certis CISCO to provide security services at Singapore Changi Airport, as well as Seletar Airport, Changi Airfreight Centre, and the Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre.[31] It involves the deployment of about 2,600 Certis Cisco personnel, including armed Auxiliary Police Officers and unarmed aviation security officers to perform tasks such as screening checked baggage, controlling access to restricted areas, and screening passengers before they board their aircraft.[32]

Since the 11 September 2001 attacks and the naming of the airport as a terrorist target by the Jemaah Islamiyah, the airport's security has been tightened. Singapore Armed Force and Singapore Police Force officers, armed with assault rifles or sub-machine guns, has been deployed to patrol the terminals at random intervals.[33] Officers from the Gurkha Contingent are also dispatched to patrol the transit areas of the terminal buildings. These measures come at a cost partly borne by travellers in the form of a "passenger security service charge", imposed since 2002.[34]

In 2005, an upgrade in screening technology and rising security concerns led to luggage-screening processes being conducted behind closed doors, as opposed to them being done before check-in within public view. The screening of carry-on luggage and travellers are mostly conducted at individual departure gates, while check-in luggage is screened in the backrooms and secured before loading. A perimeter intrusion detection system for Changi Airport's perimeter fence has also been put in place to further strengthen the security of the airfield, while a biometric access control system for staff movement has been put in place since 2006.[]

Airlines and destinations


Air China Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Yinchuan
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air India Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai
Air India Express Bengaluru,[35]Chennai, Coimbatore, Kochi, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli
Air Mauritius Kuala Lumpur-International, Mauritius
Air New Zealand Auckland
Seasonal: Christchurch (resumes 1 December 2019)[36]
Air Niugini Port Moresby
Air Timor
operated by Druk Air
AirAsia Ipoh,[38]Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur-International, Kuching, Langkawi, Miri, Penang
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur-International[39][40]
All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Koh Samui
Batik Air Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka
British Airways London-Heathrow, Sydney
Cathay Pacific Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hong Kong
Cebu Pacific Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, Manila
China Airlines Kaohsiung, Surabaya, Taipei-Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Changchun, Changsha,[41]Hangzhou, Kunming, Quanzhou, Shanghai-Pudong, Yantai
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Chongqing Airlines Chongqing[42]
Druk Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (begins 2 December 2019),[43]Guwahati, Paro
Emirates Brisbane (ends 29 March 2020),[44]Dubai-International, Melbourne
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Kuala Lumpur-International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
EVA Air Taipei-Taoyuan
Fiji Airways Nadi
Finnair Helsinki
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Surabaya
GoAir Bengaluru, Kolkata[45]
GX Airlines Nanning
Hainan Airlines Haikou[46]
IndiGo Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi,[47]Kolkata, Mumbai,[48]Tiruchirappalli
Indonesia AirAsia Bandung, Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Semarang, Yogyakarta-Adisucipto
Japan Airlines Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita
Jetstar Airways Denpasar/Bali, Melbourne, Perth
Jetstar Asia Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Clark,[49]Da Nang, Darwin, Denpasar/Bali, Haikou, Hefei (begins 26 November 2019),[50]Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jieyang, Kuala Lumpur-International, Manila, Medan, Naha, Osaka-Kansai, Penang, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Sanya, Siem Reap, Surabaya, Taipei-Taoyuan, Xuzhou,[51]Yangon
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Ho Chi Minh City
Jeju Air Busan[52]
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Pudong[53]
KLM Amsterdam, Denpasar/Bali
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Lion Air Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin[54][55]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur-International, Kuching
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur-International[56]
Philippine Airlines Manila
Philippines AirAsia Cebu
Qantas[57] Brisbane, London-Heathrow, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Qatar Airways Doha
Regent Airways Dhaka
Royal Brunei Airlines Bandar Seri Begawan
Saudia Jeddah
Scoot[58][59] Amritsar, Athens, Balikpapan (begins 30 June 2020)[60], Bangkok-Don Mueang, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Berlin-Tegel, Cebu, Changsha[60][61], Chennai (ends 24 May 2020),[62][60]Chiang Mai[60], Clark, Coimbatore[60], Denpasar/Bali, Fuzhou[60][63], Gold Coast, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Harbin, Hat Yai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Ipoh, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Jinan, Kaohsiung, Kota Bharu,[64]Kota Kinabalu (begins 3 December 2019)[60], Krabi, Kuala Lumpur-International, Kuantan, Kuching, Kunming[60][65], Langkawi, Makassar (begins 16 June 2020)[60], Manado (begins 5 May 2020)[60], Mataram-Lombok (begins 14 July 2020)[60], Luang Prabang[60], Macau, Manila, Melbourne, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Osaka-Kansai, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Penang, Perth, Phuket, Qingdao, Sapporo-Chitose, Semarang (begins 2 June 2020)[60], Seoul-Incheon, Shenyang, Surabaya, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Thiruvananthapuram[60], Tianjin, Tiruchirappalli, Tokyo-Narita, Vientiane[60], Visakhapatnam,[66][60]Wuhan,[67][60]Wuxi, Xi'an, Yogyakarta-Adisucipto (begins 20 May 2020)[60], Zhengzhou
Shandong Airlines Jinan[68]
Shenzhen Airlines Nanchang,[69]Shenzhen
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Nanning
SilkAir Balikpapan (ends 29 June 2020)[70][60], Bandung, Bengaluru,[71]Cairns, Cebu, Chengdu, Chennai[60], Chongqing, Colombo-Bandaranaike, Da Nang, Darwin, Davao, Denpasar/Bali, Hanoi, Hiroshima, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Kochi[60], Koh Samui, Kolkata, Kota Kinabalu (ends 2 December 2019)[60], Kuala Lumpur-International, Makassar (ends 15 June 2020)[70][60], Malé, Manado (ends 4 May 2020)[70][60], Mataram-Lombok (ends 13 July 2020)[70][60], Medan, Penang, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Semarang (ends 1 June 2020)[70][60], Shenzhen[60], Siem Reap, Surabaya, Xiamen, Yangon, Yogyakarta-Adisucipto (ends 19 May 2020)[70][60]
Seasonal: Mandalay
Singapore Airlines Adelaide, Ahmedabad, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bandar Seri Begawan, Bengaluru, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Beijing-Capital, Brisbane, Busan,[71]Canberra, Cape Town, Chennai, Christchurch, Colombo-Bandaranaike, Copenhagen, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Dhaka, Dubai-International, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston-Intercontinental, Istanbul, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur-International, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Malé, Manchester, Manila, Melbourne, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, Nagoya-Centrair, Newark, New York-JFK, Osaka-Kansai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Rome-Fiumicino, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Stockholm-Arlanda, Surabaya, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita, Wellington, Yangon, Zürich
Seasonal: Phuket,[72]Sapporo-Chitose
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
SriLankan Airlines Colombo-Bandaranaike
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang, Krabi, Phuket
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Thai Lion Air Bangkok-Don Mueang
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
United Airlines San Francisco[73]
Urumqi Air Urumqi, Wuhan[74]
US-Bangla Airlines Dhaka
VietJet Air Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang (begins 20 December 2019)[75]
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Vistara Delhi,[76]Mumbai[76]
XiamenAir Dalian, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an
A Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 taxiing. (2007)
A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER pushing back from the gate. (2011)
A Silk Air Airbus A320 taxiing. (2011)
An Emirates Boeing 777-300 parked at Terminal 1. (2005)


AirBridgeCargo Hong Kong, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Phnom Penh[77][78]
Air Hong Kong Hong Kong[79]
ANA Cargo Hong Kong, Naha[80]
Asiana Cargo Seoul-Incheon[81]
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège, Shanghai-Pudong
Cardig Air Balikpapan, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta[82]
Cargolux Anchorage, Baku, Chicago-O'Hare, Doha, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur-International, Luxembourg
Cathay Pacific Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Penang
China Airlines Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Manila, Penang, Taipei-Taoyuan
China Cargo Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chengdu, Shanghai-Pudong
DHL Aviation Anchorage, Bengaluru,[83]Cincinnati, Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle,[84]Seoul-Incheon[85]
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum,[86]Melbourne, Sydney
[87][88] Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Sydney
EVA Air Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hanoi, Hong Kong,[89]Penang, Taipei-Taoyuan[90]
FedEx Express Anchorage, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Memphis, Osaka-Kansai, Penang, Shanghai-Pudong, Sydney,[91]Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong[92]
K-Mile Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta
Korean Air Cargo Hanoi, Penang, Seoul-Incheon
My Indo Airlines Balikpapan, Jakarta-Halim Perdanakusuma, Surabaya[93]
Neptune Air Kuala Lumpur-International[94]
Nippon Cargo Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita
Raya Airways Kuala Lumpur-Subang
SF Airlines Shenzhen
Silk Way West Airlines Baku,[95]Dubai-Al Maktoum,[96]Kuala Lumpur-International[97]
Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bengaluru, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Brussels, Chennai, Coimbatore, Chicago-O'Hare, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hanoi,[98]Hong Kong, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Medan, Melbourne, Mumbai, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Nanjing, Sharjah, Sydney
Balikpapan, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Karachi
UPS Airlines Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan

Operational statistics

Singapore Changi Airport – passenger movements (1998-2015)
Singapore Changi Airport - airfreight movements (1998-2015)
Singapore Changi Airport - aircraft movements (1998-2015)
Operational statistics
Year Passenger
Passenger %
change over
previous year
Airfreight %
change over
previous year
Aircraft %
change over
previous year
1998 23,803,180 Steady 0.0 1,283,660 Steady 0.0 165,242 Steady 0.0
1999 26,064,645 Increase 9.5 1,500,393 Increase 16.8 165,961 Increase 0.4
2000 28,618,200 Increase 9.8 1,682,489 Increase 12.1 173,947 Increase 4.8
2001 28,093,759 Decrease 1.83 1,507,062 Decrease 11.6 179,359 Increase 3.1
2002 28,979,344 Increase 3.2 1,637,797 Increase 8.7 174,820 Decrease 2.5
2003 24,664,137 Decrease 14.9 1,611,407 Decrease 1.6 154,346 Decrease 11.7
2004 30,353,565 Increase 23.0 1,775,092 Increase 10.1 184,932 Increase 19.8
2005 32,430,856 Increase 6.8 1,833,721 Increase 3.3 204,138 Increase 10.3
2006 35,033,083 Increase 8.0 1,931,881 Increase 5.4 214,000 Increase 4.8
2007 36,701,556 Increase 4.8 1,918,159 Decrease 0.7 221,000 Increase 3.3
2008 37,694,824 Increase 2.7 1,883,894 Decrease 1.8 232,000 Increase 5.0
2009 37,203,978 Decrease 1.3 1,633,791 Decrease 15.3 240,360 Increase 3.6
2010 42,038,777 Increase 13.0 1,813,809 Increase 11.0 263,593 Increase 9.7
2011 46,543,845 Increase 10.7 1,865,252 Increase 2.8 301,711 Increase 14.5
2012 51,181,804 Increase 10.0 1,806,225 Decrease 3.2 324,722 Increase 7.6
2013 53,726,087 Increase 5.0 1,850,233 Increase 2.4 343,800 Increase 5.9
2014 54,093,070 Increase 0.8 1,843,799 Decrease 0.3 341,386 Decrease 0.7
2015 55,448,964 Increase 2.5 1,853,087 Increase 0.5 346,334 Increase 1.5
2016 58,698,039 Increase 5.9 1,969,434 Increase 6.3 360,490 Increase 4.1
2017 62,219,573 Increase 6.0 2,125,226 Increase 7.9 373,201 Increase 3.5
2018 65,600,000 Increase 5.5 2,150,000 Increase 1.4 386,000 Increase 3.4
Changi Airport passenger movements 1998-2018 (millions)
Updated: 10 February 2019

Accidents and incidents

  • On 26 March 1991, Singapore Airlines Flight 117, operated by an Airbus A310, was hijacked by four Pakistani terrorists. The flight landed in Changi Airport at 22:15. The Singapore Special Operations Force stormed the plane, on the morning of 27 March. All four hijackers were killed, with no fatalities among the 123 passengers and crew that were held hostage for more than eight hours.
  • On 4 November 2010, Qantas Flight 32, operated by an Airbus A380-800, suffered an uncontained engine failure and made an emergency landing in Changi Airport. Upon landing, one of the engines could not be shut down due to ruptured control cables and had to be doused for three hours by airport firefighters to forcefully shut it down. There were no crew or passenger injuries, and all 469 people on board survived this incident.
  • On 27 June 2016, Singapore Airlines Flight 368, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, suffered an engine problem while flying from Singapore to Milan. During the diversionary landing in Singapore, the right engine and wing caught fire. The fire was quickly extinguished by airport fire services. There were no injuries among the 241 people on board.
  • On 16 May 2017, a fire broke out at the departure hall in Terminal 2.[107] The fire caused 40 flights at Terminal 2 to be delayed and diverted to Terminal 3.[108] Terminal 2 was closed from 17:30 to 22:45.
  • On 29 November 2017, a tow truck towing a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 caught fire, covering the aircraft in black soot. There were no passengers on board when the incident happened and a member of the tow crew was evacuated through the emergency slide.[109]
  • On 8 January 2018, a door on a Scoot Boeing 787-8 was partially dislodged after the plane rolled back and impacted an aerobridge. The aircraft, about to undergo maintenance, reportedly had its wheel chocks removed while its brakes were disengaged. No injuries occurred during the incident.[110][111][112]
  • On 6 February 2018, a KAI T-50 Golden Eagle which is part of the Black Eagles aerobatic team taking part in Singapore Airshow 2018 veered off the runway during takeoff. It subsequently crashed and caught fire. The fire was put out by emergency services and the pilot was treated for minor injuries. Runway 1 was closed as a result and caused delays at the airport.[113]
  • On 19 June 2019, unauthorised drones were spotted around Changi Airport, causing 37 flights to be delayed and a runway to be shut intermittently.[114] Another such incident took place on 24 June 2019, causing 18 flights to be delayed and 7 more diverted. The disruption is made worse by bad weather.[115]
  • On 23 August 2019, an 18 month old toddler died after a standing mirror fell on her inside the Urban Revivo fashion store at Jewel Changi Airport. The toddler is believed to be from China.[116]

Ground transportation

Changi Airport was built with ground-transportation considerations in mind from the onset, with the East Coast Parkway built and opened in tandem with the airport, providing a direct link to the city centre. At a distance of about 20 km (12 mi), the expressway was built almost entirely on reclaimed land, thus minimising disruptions to the existing road network in Singapore's East Coast.[],

Despite the four main passenger terminal buildings being relatively close to each other, the CAAS (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore) decided to build the Changi Airport Skytrain people-mover system to facilitate quicker and more convenient transfers between the terminals for travellers. The system was upgraded in 2007 with new technologies supplied by Mitsubishi, connecting to Terminal 3 and separating checked-in passengers from the general public on distinct tracks.[]

Inter-terminal transportation

The Changi Airport Skytrain

Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are connected by the free Skytrain service, which operates from 05:00 to 02:30. During non-operational hours, travellers in the transit areas may transfer within the terminals by foot via the inter-terminal travellators. For travellers in the public areas, a free shuttle bus service will connect the three terminals.[117]

A complimentary 24-hour Airport Shuttle Bus service plies between Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 in both the public and transit areas. The journey takes approximately eight to 10 minutes.[118]

External connections

Mass Rapid Transit

The airport is connected to the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network via a two-stop branch of the East West Line from Tanah Merah MRT Station, consisting of two stations: Expo, serving the nearby Singapore Expo site; and Changi Airport. Changi Airport MRT Station is located underground between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Direct, one-train service to the downtown and western parts of Singapore was initially in operation when the station opened on 8 February 2002. This was replaced by the current shuttle service between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport via Expo on 22 July 2003,[119] when it was found that passenger demand for this route was low.

Until Stage 3 of the Downtown Line opened on 21 October 2017, passengers needed to transfer at Tanah Merah station for train service towards the city, Pasir Ris and Tuas Link. However, as of this date, passengers can now transfer at Expo for direct service to Bukit Timah and Bukit Panjang using an alternate route via the city.

As announced in the LTA's Land Transport Masterplan 2040, the new Thomson-East Coast Line will be extended to Changi Airport Terminal 5 and to the current Changi Airport station, with the current EWL Branch Line being converted to be part of the TEL.[120]


There are seven bus services operated by SBS Transit, SMRT Buses and Go-Ahead Group, making a loop starting from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1, and Terminal 2. Only four bus services will continue to Terminal 4 – Services 24, 34, 36 and 110. Bus stops are located at the basement bus bays of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. For Terminal 4, the bus stop is located next to Car Park 4B.

Coaches to and from Johor Bahru are also available. Operated by Transtar Travel, the service will start at coach stands at Terminals 1, 2, 3 and end at Larkin Terminal.

There is also a free shuttle bus service plying between Changi Airport (T3) and Changi Business Park. This service is a 9-stop route, running from Mondays to Fridays, except public holidays.[121]


Taxis are available at taxi stands located in the arrival halls of each terminal. Limousine services are also available. There is an additional airport surcharge for all trips originating from the airport.[]

Private transport

All pick-ups by private transportation occur at the arrival pick-up points of each terminal.[122][123][124][125]

See also



  1. ^ Runway 02L is 4,000 m (13,000 ft) and 20R is 3,260 m (10,700 ft) with a displaced threshold of 740 m (2,430 ft). Thus aircraft landing on 20R will have to avoid touching down on the displaced threshold but may use it for departures.
  2. ^ Runway 02R/20L is solely for use by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (see Changi Air Base).[3] It will be available for commercial use in the future


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