Address: Airport Boulevard, Changi, Singapore
Phone: +65 6595 6868
IATA airport code: SIN
ICAO airport code: WSSS
Alias: Singapore International Airport and Changi Airport
Opened: 1 July 1981
Elevation: 6.71 m
Terminals/runways: 4 passenger terminals and 3 runways
Owner/Operator Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Arrivals today
Changi Airport Departures today
About Singapore Changi International airport
Singapore airport is one of the busiest airports in the region. It is often already used as a hub to fly to other destinations. Singapore Airlines is largely responsible for this. It is also an important point for freight transport. According to Skytrax, it is also the best airport in the world. It is also known for the good transits and how clean the airport is. The name Changi is due to the location of the airport. It is located in the Changi district. In addition to Singapore Airlines, the carrier Jetstar Asia Airways is also largely represented. Before the pandemic, the airport served nearly 70 million passengers a year, making it one of the top 20 busiest airports in the world. All flights arrive and depart via 3 runways, each 13,100 feet long.
Top routes from Singapore
- KUL – Kuala Lumpur
- BKK – Bangkok
- CGK – Jakarta
- MNL – Manilla
- HKG – Hong Kong
- SYD – Sydney
- SGN – Ho Chi Minh City
- HKT – Phuket
- PEN – Penang
- TPE – Taipei
Singapore Airport history
The first flights were already realized in 1959. The then airport was then called Paya Lebar. The first passenger flight was from Qantas with a Boeing 707. The number of international arrivals and departures increased rapidly. The Concorde also made Singapore arrivals from 1972. A few years later, the question arose to expand or to relocate the airport in connection with space. It was moved and the work started not much later in Changi.
The first departures in Singapore Changi were realized in the early 1980’s. Work on the second terminal started in 1986. Since the new airport, it has also won many awards to this day, such as best airport in the world. The second terminal was finally opened in 1991. The facilities were continuously expanded with a swimming pool, sports area and movie theater.
In 2002 an MRT station was opened. This created a fast connection with the city of Singapore. The largest passenger aircraft Airbus A380 was also welcomed in 2007. Terminal 3 was opened a year later, including a Butterfly Garden. The airport continues to expand and develop as Jewel Changie Airport. The fourth terminal was opened not so long ago in 2017. In 2019, the Jewel Changi Airport will finally be open in April, which gives a fantastic experience.
Ground transportation Singapore Airport
The location of Changi Airport to the east of the city center about 13 miles away. You can have Singapore international airport arrivals by car which is quickly 30-40 minutes before you are there traveling from the center.
- This is easily possible by taxi and costs about SGD 30-40 (depending on whether it is during the day / evening / night). Taxis are available in front of the Changi arrivals hall of terminal 1 and 3. The price of the taxi ride is determined by the meter. Keep in mind the extra costs that the taxi has to measure for standing at the airport. On weekends it is 5 SGD and otherwise 3 SGD. Traveling during peak hours costs 25% more and during the night 50%.
- There are also several rental car companies like Hertz, Budget and Avis to rent your own car. There are counters in the terminals 2, 3, and 4.
- Traveling to and from Changi airport is also possible by public transport. It’s often a safe way to be on time for your Singapore flight departures. The metro / train offers several options to get into the city. To get to the city, take the train from Changi Airport MRT Station to Tanah Merah Station, then transfer to the East West Line towards Tuas Link MRT Station. Another option is to take the train to Expo station and then transfer to the Downtown Line to Bukit Panjang. The first trains will start running at 5:30 am (6:00 am on Sundays) and the last will go to Tuas Link at 11:15 pm and Pasir Ris at 12:05 pm.
- It is also possible to travel by bus from the airport after Singapore flight arrivals. It is slightly more expensive and has a longer travel time. A bit easier but slightly more expensive is the shuttle bus service with an (almost) direct connection. It only passes a few hotels.
Singapore Changi airport terminals
Singapore Changi arrivals are spread over 4 terminals. Terminals T1, T2 and T3 are connected by a skytrain. This is a free service to get to the other terminals. To get to T4 you have to travel a bit from T2 by bus. There is also a building called The Jewel just before T1. It is a fascinating place with not only restaurants and shops. It has the largest indoor waterfall in the world which you can enjoy before your Changi flight departures. There is also a hotel, a canopy park on the top floor, mirror maze, discovery slides and much more. There is also a beautiful forest valley through the whole building.
- Terminal 1 has several levels. Singapore Airport arrivals take place on lower L1 and on L2 are the check-in counters and Singapore Changi departures to the gates. On L3 there is a hotel called Aerotel Transit Hotel.
- Terminal 2 is the hub for to terminal 4 and connect to terminal 1 and then 3 to the Skytrain. The MRT can be found at this terminal to travel to the center. This is at level B. Level 1 is for the SIN arrivals and baggage reclaim. Level 2 and 3 are for all Singapore Airport departures to destinations in India, Africa, Middle East and Southeast Asia.
- Terminal 3 has Changi arrivals pick-up area on level B1. One level above that on L1 are the baggage belts. Also at this terminal the departures are check-in counters at level 2 with lounges at levels 2 and 3. Many of the SIN departures at this terminal go to Europe, East Asia, Oceania, North and South America. The Crown Plaza Airport Hotel and Ambassador Transit Hotel are also located in this terminal.
- Terminal 4 can only be reached with the free airport shuttle bus from the other terminal 2. If you want to go further to the other terminals, you can take the Skytrain. Singapore arrivals are served in this terminal by mainly low cost airlines and regional flights. The Singapore departures start at level 2 with gates G and H.
All Singapore Changi airport departures go from one of 3 equal length runways of 13,100 feet each.
Cargo Changi flight arrivals and departures
The airport is widely used for cargo flights, ranking it at the top with over 2 million tonnes of cargo annually. Important industries for this are China, India, U.S., Australia and Hong Kong. Many airlines are responsible for these Singapore airport departures, including the airline Singapore Airlines Cargo.
Singapore airport passenger statistics
Singapore Changi Airport is actually growing fast for 40 years. Where 7 million passengers used the airport in 1980, this is now against 70 million. These are 382,000 SIN airport arrivals and departures.
Airlines with Singapore airport departures
Singapore Airlines and low-cost airlines Scoot, Jetstar Asia and SilkAir have a large market share with most Singapore international arrivals. Where Singapore Airlines flies all over the world, the other airlines mentioned mainly keep it in the region. Many flights go to Bangkok or other hubs. Singapore Airlines has many SIN airport departures to Asia, Oceania and Europe. Other major airlines that fly to Singapore Changi Airport are:
- United Airlines
- Vietnam Airlines
- Turkish Airlines
- Thai Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Philippine Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Korean Air
- Japan Airlines
- Garuda Indonesia
- EVA Air
- China Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- Air France
- Air India
- Air NewZealand
- British Airways and many more.
Destinations that offer Singapore airport arrivals
There are direct flights to destinations all over the world. Many of these flights are passenger flights, but also many cargo flights. Many Singapore Changi departures are to China such as Beijing, Chendu, Kunming, Shanghai. Other busy routes to major international airports that often serve as hubs are the following:
- Seoul Incheon
- Tokyo Haneda and Narita
- London Heathrow
- San Francisco and many other small airports in the region of Singapore.