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Old January 7th, 2011, 11:05 AM   #1141
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Source:http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore...ight-at-Changi

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Powder-like substance delays Emirates flight at Changi

by Wayne Chan

SINGAPORE - A powder-like substance found onboard an Emirates flight on transit to Dubai caused the flight to be delayed by more than an hour yesterday.

The substance was found by the cabin crew in one of the toilets of flight EK433.

As a precaution, the airline alerted the airport authorities after it landed at Changi Airport from Brisbane at about 8.20am.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it sent a fire engine and a hazardous materials team to the airport after receiving a call. The team boarded the plane in decontamination suits equipped with detectors. After some analysis, the substance was found to be a disinfectant.

Emirates said the aircraft was cleared for boarding once it was certain that the substance was neither toxic nor dangerous.

It took off for Dubai at about 11am.

Emirates said it regretted the inconvenience caused but said the safety and well-being of passengers and crew was important.

This was the second incident this week where harmless substances caused flights to be affected.

The New York Times reported that on Monday, a pilot's spilled coffee accidentally set off a hijacking alert and caused United Airlines Flight 940 from Chicago to Frankfurt to be diverted to Toronto. The coffee, spilled on the plane's radio equipment, caused distress signals to go out, including Code 7500, which means hijacking or unlawful interference. WAYNE CHAN
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Old January 7th, 2011, 04:51 PM   #1142
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Source:http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_621600.html

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CHANGI Airport Group will add Hong Kong Airlines to its growing network of airlines later in January.
By Linette Lin

It will operate both freighter and passenger services to Singapore from Jan 14, 2011 and Jan 15, 2011, respectively.

Hong Kong Airlines will operate a daily passenger service on Airbus A332 aircraft (in a two-class configuration) as well as four-weekly freighter services on Airbus A332F aircraft.

With the addition of Hong Kong Airlines, the Singapore and Hong Kong route will be served by some 270 passenger flights and 50 freighter flights each week.

In the first 11 months of 2010, passenger traffic between Singapore and Hong Kong rose more than 24 per cent to 2.55 million, compared to 2009.

During the same period, cargo throughput on the same route rose 16 per cent, with some 157,000 tonnes moved.
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Old January 8th, 2011, 08:58 AM   #1143
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Old January 8th, 2011, 09:47 AM   #1144
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Old January 9th, 2011, 10:10 AM   #1145
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Old January 9th, 2011, 06:27 PM   #1146
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I presume this was on your way to Gdansk?

Anyway, while the renovations at SIN are taking quite a while, at least it's better to be slow and methodical, rather than rush things to get them done.
lol, not just the Gdansk thing but i agree with this.
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Old January 10th, 2011, 06:42 AM   #1147
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Changi Airport as a Shopping Haven

Is it safe to say that Singapore Changi Airport is Singapore's largest mall? I mean, the amount of floor area dedicated for shopping and dining options is staggering. It even puts Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok to shame.

Also, I like the fact that they have this tax-redemption scheme. I bet no other airport has this. It's just brilliant!
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Old January 10th, 2011, 01:40 PM   #1148
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Is it safe to say that Singapore Changi Airport is Singapore's largest mall? I mean, the amount of floor area dedicated for shopping and dining options is staggering. It even puts Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok to shame.
haha....................I dont know if it can even be considered a mall. But there is a lot of dedicated space to shopping and dining even if you are not in the transit area esspecialy in Terminal 3.
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Old January 10th, 2011, 05:14 PM   #1149
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TERMINAL 1 RENOVATION PROGRESS

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Old January 12th, 2011, 08:41 AM   #1150
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Also, I like the fact that they have this tax-redemption scheme. I bet no other airport has this. It's just brilliant!
What is tax redemption scheme?
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Old January 12th, 2011, 12:53 PM   #1151
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Well, we have the Goods Services Tax in Singapore. For any tourists, if you spend a certain amount, the shop will give you the tax redemption slip. With that, at the airport you can claim back the tax that you have paid for.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #1152
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^ I have seen tax refund counters at many airports. In fact, you need to show the merchandise upon departure to get the tax back. Check Heathrow and Taipei Taoyuan for examples.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 08:53 AM   #1153
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If tax redemption is about tax refund, then I think it's quite common all over the world. I also used this service in Heathrow and Rome airport.

BTW, Hong Kong Airport has no such service because there is no consumption and service tax in Hong Kong.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 09:05 AM   #1154
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Old January 16th, 2011, 02:16 PM   #1155
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Here is an article that was posted on Channel News Asia regarding HOng Kong Airlines landing in Changi for the first time.

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Hong Kong Airlines arrives with stars at Changi
By Tan Qiuyi | Posted: 16 January 2011 1916 hrs

SINGAPORE : Hong Kong Airlines flight 751 landed with the stars in Singapore on Sunday afternoon.

Hong Kong Airlines launched its daily direct scheduled service to Singapore on Saturday.

Household names Eric Tsang, Sandra Ng, Aarif Lee, Fala Chen and Michael Tse were the guests of honour on the flight's second voyage to Singapore.

They are the cast of the upcoming Lunar New Year comedy "I Love Hong Kong".

The cast is expected to make an appearance at Jurong Point for a meet-the-fans and autograph session.

"I Love hong Kong" will be showing in theatres from February 2
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Old January 17th, 2011, 12:23 PM   #1156
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Old January 17th, 2011, 02:42 PM   #1157
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Source:http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...105248/1/.html

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S'pore to develop new Air Cargo Express Hub
By Millet Enriquez | Posted: 17 January 2011 1927 hrs

SINGAPORE : Changi Airport Group (CAG) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have announced the development of a new Air Cargo Express (ACE) Hub which is expected to strengthen Singapore's position as an air cargo hub in the region.

The new ACE Hub will have a gross floor area of 26,277 square metres and will be located within Changi Airport's free trade zone.

It will support the cargo and logistics needs of air express companies here, the announcement said.

CAG will manage the development and operations of the new facility, which is targeted to be operational in the first half of 2012.

To support the Hub, CAG will invest more than S$25 million to build a new airside infrastructure that will have two aircraft parking bays for the operator's ease of access.

The direct airside access will ensure the smooth flow of cargo to and from the aircraft, thus shortening the processing time for transporting cargo.

The facility will also allow access to Singapore's major expressways to enhance regional distribution activities and express courier services.

The new facility will also have a special on-site facilitation by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Singapore Customs for efficient cargo clearance, the announcement said.

CAG said it has signed a land lease agreement with HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) - the Trustee of Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust (A-REIT).

A-REIT will build and develop the facility beside the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore.

A leading cargo carrier with major operations in Singapore will be operating the facility.

"The ACE Hub facility will enable our air cargo partner to cater for its future expansion in Singapore and capitalise on long-term growth opportunities from increasing intra-Asia trade growth," said CAG's chief executive officer, Lee Seow Hiang.

For the first eleven months of 2010, Singapore's airfreight movements grew 11.7 per cent to 1.66 million tonnes compared to the same period in 2009.

Changi Airport was ranked the seventh busiest airport globally for international freight traffic in the one year period ended September 2010.

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Old January 18th, 2011, 10:46 AM   #1158
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Source:http://www.changiairport.com/our-bus...main-terminals

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[email protected] now available at all Changi main terminals

SINGAPORE, 18 January 2011 – Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Singapore Post (SingPost) have introduced the [email protected] service at all three Changi Airport main terminals, following a successful two-month trial earlier. With the launch of the service, passengers departing from Changi will be able to courier hand-carried items they did not pack in their checked-in luggage but which are disallowed on board aircraft. This could be due to security restrictions or non-compliance with liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) guidelines.

Meeting the needs of passengers
Mr Foo Sek Min, Executive Vice President, Changi Airport Group, said “Discarding of personal belongings at pre-board screening is often an unpleasant and, at times, painful experience for passengers who are unfamiliar with the travel restrictions. Furthermore, different practices governing restrictions of LAGs may sometimes result in passengers in transit having to discard duty-free LAGs merchandise purchased at the airport of origin. With [email protected], there is now an option for passengers to ‘save’ the item. This service is an example of how Changi continually addresses the needs of passengers so that we enhance the overall Changi Experience”.

The two-month [email protected] trial drew positive response from passengers who used the service. About 60 per cent of the deliveries were for overseas markets. Items posted were of sentimental or high commercial value, including pen knives, Swiss Army knives, abalone, skincare products, cosmetics, grooming kits with scissors/clippers, honey, canned food and sauces. During the trial period, there were fewer complaints received by CAG about disallowed items on board aircraft from passengers at Terminal 1, where the trial was held.

Mr Steve Ng, Vice President (Marketing), SingPost said, “We are delighted to partner Changi Airport Group to introduce this service to enhance customer experience at the airport. As travellers ourselves, we can understand the distress of those unwittingly caught in a situation where they are unable to take on board various personal items due to prohibitions. The items may have sentimental value, or they could be expensive. The [email protected] service provides an option to help travellers keep their cherished items.”

Using [email protected]
A total of 28 self-service [email protected] kiosks have been set up across Changi’s Terminals 1, 2 and 3, each serving three nearby gate holdrooms. Items to be posted have to fit in either of two standard Speedpost envelope sizes and have to observe a 200 ml limit on LAGs.

Passengers simply complete the consignment note with an accurate description of the content and value, and the proforma invoice, insert the documents into the clear plastic pouch and then drop the envelope package into the mailbox at the booth. Payment is by Visa or MasterCard. Each envelope comes with a barcode number which facilitates on-line tracking of the package’s delivery status1. All shipments are subject to SingPost’s Speedpost regulations and guidelines.

Local delivery charges are S$10 for a small envelope package and S$12 for a large one. Charges for overseas delivery vary depending on the country and the envelope size. For example, the Speedpost rate is S$26.40 for a small envelope package for delivery to Hong Kong. The service is available to more than 220 countries and territories around the world.

Shipments are delivered within two to five working days to most major cities, and on the next day for local delivery. Customers can call the Speedpost hotline at +65 6222 5777 or check the Speedpost website (www.speedpost.com.sg) to track the status of their shipment.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 04:59 PM   #1159
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Source:http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...105844/1/.html

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Record-breaking 2010 for Changi Airport
By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 20 January 2011 1335 hrs

SINGAPORE: Changi Airport Group (CAG) said more than 42 million passengers passed through Changi Airport last year, which surpassed the previous annual record of 37.7 million passenger movements recorded in 2008.

It represented a 13 per cent increase over passenger movement in 2009.

CAG said besides the full year record, the monthly and daily traffic records were also broken in December 2010.

Passenger traffic for the month was 4.06 million, up 6 per cent from a year before.

CAG said the airport's strong performance last year was underpinned by robust traffic growth to and from Southeast and Northeast Asia which increased 18 per cent, buoyed by the rapid expansion of low cost carriers.

Strong growth was also registered in 2010 for airfreight handled, which rose 11 per cent to 1.8 million tonnes, and aircraft movements, which gained 9.7 per cent to 264,000 flights.

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