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Old May 30th, 2006, 01:32 PM   #641
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$1.75b Changi Airport's Terminal 3 will be ready in 2008

SINGAPORE: Changi Airport's Terminal 3 will be ready in 2 years and there are more plans to take the "Changi Experience" to a new high said Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong at the $1.75 terminal's topping out ceremony.

This was Mr Yeo's last official event before he relinquished his Cabinet portfolio on Tuesday.

Located just across Changi Airport's Terminal 2, the new Terminal 3 is the largest of the lot - comparable to 63 football fields.

Its architecture and design concepts are also different, employing an environmentally-friendly theme.

The unique roof - the first in an airport - features 900 skylights fitted with reflector panels to regulate lighting within the terminal, and it is expected to help cut electricity bills by $500,000 a year.

"We constructed a mock up of the actual dimension, a 15m long, 15m wide and 18m high mock up to test the concept of the butterfly lourves and the skylight we planned to use at Terminal 3. That mock up proved successful and we tested it for a year, the lighting quality and the ambience in the mock up was very suitable and meet our requirements," said Koh Ming Sue, Senior Engineer, Airport Planning Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

Another highlight is a 5-storey high vertical garden called the "Green Wall".

Upon completion, there will be trains shuttling between 7 stations within the 3 airport terminals and a high-speed baggage transfer system.

Some 70 percent of the project has been completed but the road to realising Terminal 3 hasn't been a smooth one.

Incidents like the financial crisis, September 11 attacks and SARS affected the progress of construction.

Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said the next step is to upgrade Terminal 1, and he did not rule out the prospect of having a Terminal 4.

The topping out ceremony of Terminal 3 also has a special place in his heart.

"This has been one of my favourite babies, even though I am out of office and no longer a minister, I'll make sure I watch the baby grow up and I'll be back, either to visit or as a user," said Mr Yeo.

Terminal 3 will have a handling capacity of 20 million passengers a year, boosting Changi Airport's capacity to 64 million passengers in 2008. - CNA /dt

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Old May 30th, 2006, 02:40 PM   #642
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Nice Pics!
My fave airport in the world!
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 09:43 AM   #643
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Man, I've been to this airport once during my trip to the US - all I can say is that the airport is totally amazing (these pics don't do it any justice! you ought to be there to experience it yourself) and the city of Singapore is like the most beautiful place on earth.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 12:54 PM   #644
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where i shall get the best coffee in SIN? please recommend one.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 04:24 PM   #645
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depends on what kinda coffee you like

Starbucks or kopi at the local coffeeshop?
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Old June 4th, 2006, 05:14 AM   #646
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03 June 2006

Changi Airport celebrates 25th anniversary with shopping festival

SINGAPORE : Changi Airport is celebrating its birthday in a big way.

From now till July 1, passengers at Changi Airport can win $2.5 million worth of prizes in a Jackpot game.

This is part of a 25-week Shopping Festival to celebrate the airport's 25th anniversary.

More than 30,000 passengers have already tried their hands at the jackpot and won shopping vouchers ranging from $250 to $25,000.

They also had a go at other prizes including a sports car.

Many items are also being sold at half-price, as part of the "Changi WOW Weekends" promotion.

Airport authorities will also distribute birthday presents at both the public and transit areas on July 1.

And if it's your birthday on that day, you can collect a limited edition Changi Airport Sasha Bear.

There will also be a travelling exhibition that will showcase Changi Airport's achievements over the last 25 years.

It will be displayed at Changi Airport till July 31, after which it will travel to other locations such as community libraries and tertiary institutions.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #647
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16 June 2006

Shanghai Airlines flies cargo into Singapore for first time
By Jeana Wong, Channel NewsAsia

The demand for air cargo services between China and Singapore will see tremendous growth, according to Shanghai Airlines.

The carrier launched its inaugural cargo flight from Shanghai to Singapore on Friday.

The airline also hopes to start passenger flights between Singapore and Shanghai next year.

Shanghai Airlines commands 40 percent of the Singapore-China air cargo market.

But it is set to be a key player in the sector.

Shanghai Airlines has scheduled 16 flights a week between the two countries, more than any of the other players in the sector.

The other players are Singapore Airlines Cargo, with 15 flights; Yangtze River Express, with eight; and FedEx, with one.

The newcomer says that Shanghai's air cargo volume is growing strongly, making up nearly half of China's total volume last year.

The air freight throughput between Singapore and China amounted to nearly 130,000 tonnes in 2005, representing a 17 percent jump over 2004.

And the air cargo volume between Singapore and Shanghai grew an even stronger 20 percent on year.

Shanghai Airlines says it also has plans to grow its operations in Singapore, the first of which is to start daily passenger flights to Singapore.

Ding Xingguo, senior vice-president of Shanghai Airlines, said: "Singapore is a key air travel and cargo hub. Our company very much hopes to set up a Shanghai-Singapore passenger flight soon....We have started applying for the rights.

"China Eastern Airlines, China Airlines and Singapore Airlines now ply this route and their network coverage is pretty wide. So it's an issue of air rights. Once the rights are approved, we're ready to come in."

Shanghai Airlines is hoping to become a full member of the Star Alliance in a year's time.

It says that will open up opportunities for the carrier to work with Singapore Airlines on pilot training and aircraft maintenance programmes.

Altogether, there are 13 airlines flying between Singapore and 19 cities in China. - CNA/ir

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Old June 24th, 2006, 09:38 AM   #648
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The sexy grand prize for the Changi Shopping Sale....



A lady trying out the beautiful Maserati GranSport Spyder
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Old June 24th, 2006, 09:58 AM   #649
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WoW!

Singapore Changi International Airport is indeed an amazing airport. Where else can you see an airport with a swimming pool and and orchid garden? I mean, the airport epitomizes sustainable and eco-friendly airport development.

The airport's terminals, unlike the ultra-modern looks of: Seoul Incheon Inbternational Airport, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and Beijing-Capital International Airport's (soon to completed) Terminal 3; Changi's terminals blend perfectly with the green environment outside. This further enhances it's claim as a "garden city".

This airport does not have the big-hub or monstrous feel of the afformentioned airports. And for that, I am happy for and extremely jealous at the Lion City.
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Old July 1st, 2006, 11:13 AM   #650
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Some description about the Changi T1 upgrading..... (from Straits Times 1/7/06, Changi Airport 25th year anniversary specials section)
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Old July 2nd, 2006, 05:52 AM   #651
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July 2, 2006
Just three planes on the tarmac on Changi's first night
25 staff members who have worked at Changi Airport for the past 25 years honoured

By Karamjit Kaur


THE day before Changi Airport opened on July 1, 1981, Mr Sim Kee Boon, then permanent secretary at the Ministry of Communications, spent the night there.

Tasked to build Singapore's new $1.5 billion airport, he had spent the previous six years on the project and wanted to make sure nothing went wrong on the big day.

He told The Sunday Times: 'We had done all the trial runs and I was confident it would all go well but still, I wanted to be there when the airport actually opened - just to be sure.'

Except for a temporary computer glitch in the flight information system, everything else went smoothly, said Mr Sim who left the ministry in 1984.

He is chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) executive committee on airport development.

Mr Sim, who joined about 1,000 other guests at Swissotel The Stamford to celebrate Changi Airport's 25th birthday yesterday, credits the airport's success mainly to its culture of always putting the customer first.

He said: 'This culture has not changed after all these years.'

No detail is overlooked in the quest for excellence.

So if one bulb on a display panel blows, all the lights are turned off until that one bulb is replaced so that the passenger is spared 'an untidy sight'.

At the end of the day, it is to the credit of every member of the Changi family that the airport has grown from strength to strength, Mr Sim said.

They include people like engineering supervisor Mr Lim Kong Chuan, whose first job was as an apprentice at the old Paya Lebar airport, wiping grease off aeroplane parts.

His pay: $53 a month.

More than 40 years later, he is now a supervisor at SIA Engineering, earning about $3,000 a month. He remembers the airport's first night in 1981 when only three aeroplanes were parked on the tarmac.

'The airport was so huge and there were only three planes. That night, I wondered how we were ever going to fill up the airport. It seemed impossible. But look at Changi now. Whoever thought it was going to be this busy?' said Mr Lim, now a 60-year-old father of two grown-up children.

He was among 25 airport staff who were honoured at yesterday's celebrations. These people have worked at Changi Airport for the past 25 years.

Another recipient, Mr Abdul Hamid Ahmad, 56, remembers the public excitement when the first commercial flight landed on Changi's tarmac on opening day.

'The viewing gallery was crowded with people, both staff and members of the public. It was a novelty to see the plane touch the runway because there were no viewing galleries at Paya Lebar,' said Mr Abdul Hamid, a duty manager for cargo and flight operations at German airline company Lufthansa.

Mr Tay Kim Seng, a supervisor with the airport's meteorological station for 42 years, remembers the first few critical hours when the airport took over operations from Paya Lebar.

'We were under great pressure...Many of us worked late that night to make sure things went smoothly,' said the 59-year-old.

Old-timers like him have no plans to leave their jobs at the airport, which has become their home and their source of pride. Said Mr Tay: 'We're all very proud to have contributed in one way or other to its progress, no matter how little we've done.'

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Old July 27th, 2006, 11:16 AM   #652
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July 27, 2006
S'pore among top centres of air travel

LONDON - SINGAPORE figures among the top three centres of global air travel, with five of the world's top 10 fastest growing long-haul routes going through the Republic's airport, says a new report.

Singapore is second only to London, which accounts for six of the top 10 routes, while Dubai is No. 3 with two routes.

The analysis by Ascend, a leading provider of consultancy services in the global aerospace industry, reaffirms Singapore's position as a top destination, despite growing competition in the aviation sector.

'The rise in importance of Dubai and Singapore to global aviation reflects the liberal regulatory approach to the airline industry taken by their respective governments,' said Ascend managing director Gehan Talwatte.

Several government leaders have said that establishing Changi's position and links with other major hubs is critical to its success, and securing this aim is more important that protecting domestic carriers such as Singapore Airlines from competition.

The London-Dubai route, which has grown faster than any other in the past 10 years, takes the top spot in the London-based company's report.

The second fastest-growing route is that between London and Chicago, while the third spot is taken up by the London-Hong Kong route.

Singapore figures in the fourth and fifth places with its links to Melbourne and Sydney, respectively.

The number of available seats between Melbourne and Singapore has more than doubled over the last decade, with about 770,000 seats in the first half of this year, says the report.

Somewhat similar was the Singapore-Sydney route, with more than 900,000 seats now available in the first half of this year, compared to slightly more than 500,000 in the first half of 1996.

The Republic is also part of three other growing long-haul routes that link it to London, Dubai and Brisbane that are in the top 10 rankings.

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thats good news for the airport ^
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Old August 1st, 2006, 11:34 AM   #654
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Aug 1, 2006
Changi serves 9.1% more passengers in 1st half 2006

By Straits Times Interactive, Ng Ai Lian

MORE passengers and cargoes are flying through Changi Airport from January to June, registering a higher traffic than the same period last year.

A total of 16.84 million passengers have passed through the airport in the first six months, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) in a statement on Tuesday.

This is a 9.1 per cent increase over the first half of 2005, it said.

June saw the highest passenger movements, with more than 100,000 travellers every weekend.

On the air cargo front, Changi Airport handled over 930,000 tonnes of air freight in the first half this year, registering a 6.9 per cent year-on-year growth.

CAAS attributed the traffic growth to increase in flights from new ones launched by both foreign and local carriers.

New city links were also added to Changi Airport's network. Between July 1 last year and June 30 this year, new destinations to Islamabad, Lahore, Abu Dhabi, Haikou and Tianjin were opened up.

'CAAS is continuously working with our airline partners to mount new flights to and through Changi Airport,' said the Director-General of Civil Aviation, Mr Wong Woon Liong.

'We also appreciate that the airline industry is currently operating in a very difficult and challenging business environment, specifically the record-high fuel prices which have suppressed yields,' he said.

In December last year, Adam Air commenced with 14 weekly flights between Jakarta and Singapore.

Existing airlines that introduced new routes included Jet Airways' 14 weekly flights to Chennai, Shanghai Airlines' 16 weekly cargo flights to Shanghai and Tiger Airways, with its new flights to Guangzhou, Haikou and Shenzhen. Budget airline Jetstar Asia also launched new flights to Bangalore.

Local carriers added to the traffic with their increased flight frequencies. Singapore Airlines mounted more flights to Adelaide, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh, Penang, Guangzhou and Taipei. SilkAir upped frequencies to Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu and Chongqing, as well as Medan and Phuket.

As at July 1, Changi Airport is served by more than 80 airlines with over 4,000 flights connecting to more than 180 cities in 57 countries.

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best airpot I have been especially for entertainment
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Old August 23rd, 2006, 02:43 PM   #656
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^ I see....
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^ This got me curious ... what do you mean by "especially for entertainment " and "I see "
Did I miss something special while at Changi?
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Business Times - 31 Aug 2006

Changi's July passenger traffic up 5.2%

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Changi Airport handled 3.05 million passengers in July, up 5.2 per cent from a year earlier. Some 19.9 million passengers passed through Changi for the first seven months of 2006, up 8.5 per cent from last year, the airport operator said on Thursday.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said that cargo throughout rose 2.2 per cent year-on-year growth in July to 158,300 tonnes.

Changi Airport is served by about 80 airlines with routes to over 180 cities. -- AFP

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Business Times - 02 Sep 2006

Changi, Seletar gear up for the IMF jet set

Bookings up for exec jets, security being tightened for IMF/World Bank meetings

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Singapore's two commercial airports are set for a rush of private jets in the lead-up to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings.

More than 16,000 delegates and officials from over 180 countries will attend the meetings from Sept 11 to 20 at Suntec Convention Centre. And aviation sources say many VIPs will fly in on executive jets to save time and avoid airport security hassles.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) say they have no official information about arrivals by private jet.

But the recently revamped JetQuay CIP Terminal at Changi which caters to these aircraft is bracing itself to receive plenty of politicians, bankers and corporate chieftains next week.

JetQuay officials declined to comment, citing client confidentiality and security. But sources close to the VIP terminal operator say bookings for private jets have increased in recent days. Across town at Seletar Airport, security is being beefed up - not just to handle an expected increase in passengers but also to protect the numerous Gulfstreams, Bombardier Challengers, Learjets and the French Falcon 900s that could be parked there during the week of the IMF/World Bank meetings.

'A substantial number of these planes will be flying into Singapore, and Seletar is designating parking spaces for many of them,' said a source. 'Security is being significantly tightened.'

Besides delegates who fly in on private jets, many visitors arriving at Changi on commercial flights are expected to hop across to neighbouring cities like Bangkok, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur to meet clients, business associates and their regional offices.

So private jet operators are gearing up to meet this demand also.

Executive Jets Asia, which operates a fleet of jets for regional hire, has flown in three of its jets to Singapore.

'Many executives want the flexibility and time savings which private jet charter provides,' said executive director David Ho. 'We already have three Learjets on standby for clients who want to take the opportunity to fly to other destinations around the region before heading home to Europe or the Americas.'

Use of executive jets has soared worldwide in recent years, boosted by security concerns, the demand for flexibility and time savings. The biggest increase has been in East Asia, where Beijing, for instance, now handles 100 non-commercial charter flight movements a month - about twice the frequency at Tokyo.

In Europe, the recent bomb scare in London and the subsequent logjams at airports saw a spike in demand for private jets. Operators like Sentient Jet and OneSky Jet Network said business surged between 150 per cent and 300 per cent in the week after the terror alert.

Executive jet operators charge one-way hourly rates ranging from around US$4,000 for five-seat light jets to US$9,800 an hour on 10-seat luxury jets, which can fly almost 6,000 km non-stop.

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03 September 2006
IMF/World Bank delegates can enjoy VVIP treatment at newly opened luxury terminal
By Pearl Forss, Channel NewsAsia

Some of the IMF/World Bank delegates arriving in Singapore will be among the first to get a taste of the new $10 million luxury terminal at Changi Airport.

Zero waiting time is what the Luxury Terminal JetQuay at Changi Airport claims to offer to departing passengers.

Their luggage and check-in will be handled by the service staff while the guests are whisked away to the lounge where they can enjoy fine dining, surf the Net, go for a run or catch a nap.

The luxury terminal also offers 4 private meeting rooms.

Membership will cost individuals an annual fee of $1,000 over and above a membership application fee of $1,000.

Other charges apply for corporations or small, medium enterprises.

More charges will apply when one utilises its services.

With an extra $1,000, members could get the VVIP treatment - that is to be ferried to your plane in the luxury of a limousine.

The limousine ride will cost non-members $2,000.

Another but less luxurious option is the JetQuay electric cart, which will ferry members to the departure gate at $250.

The price is $500 for non-members.

JetQuay is the first luxury terminal in Asia and its investors say that Germany is the only other place in the world that has such specialised luxury terminals.

JetQuay is a joint venture between local air cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services, VIP club operator Superior Travellers Services, and logistics company Sembawang Kimtrans.

Jeff Bent, Worldwide Flight Services' Director, said: "I think Singapore is a very good market to open a luxury terminal. It is a centre for private banking in Asia and there are a lot of high net worth individuals here. We expect to have over 50 customers per day by the end of the year, over 100 customers a day in the second and third years." - CNA/ir
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