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PHOTOS :  Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport for You to Envy
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PHOTOS : Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport for You to Envy

Yeap, Changi airport will stop at nothing to be world's best airport. Singapore’s Changi International has been named the best airport in the world by leading consumer aviation website Skytrax, for 5 consecutive years. The mega hub has long been praised by travelers for its beautiful architecture, efficient operation, and luxurious amenities.

When its next big attraction, Jewel, opens in early 2019, it will showcase thrilling play equipment like sky nets and four different types of slides - features never seen before at other airports. 

Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider
Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider

Jewel Changi Airport - a joint venture between Changi Airport Group and CapitaLand Mall Asia - will boast one of the largest indoor collections of plants in Singapore. 

Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider
Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider

The development of Jewel comes as Changi Airport faces tough competition from airports in the region for transit and destination traffic.

Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider
Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider

It is no longer enough for an airport to just be a place for people to get onto a plane or to wave someone off.  

Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insiders
Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insiders

This thinking is perhaps what prompted the Government to set up Changi Airport Group in 2009 - a corporate entity that would run the airport, under the regulatory eye of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider
Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider

As a statutory board, it would have been impossible for Changi to justify spending $1.7 billion of taxpayers' monies on a lifestyle and retail hub, which will also feature a 40m-high indoor waterfall and about 300 shops and food and beverage outlets.

Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider
Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider

Changi is not alone in pushing the limits. Hong Kong is planning to develop a 25ha waterfront plot beside the Hong Kong International Airport into a lifestyle, family and entertainment centre. The first phase of Skycity is slated for completion between 2022 and 2025, giving Changi's Jewel the first-mover advantage.

Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider
Jewel Changi Airport | Business Insider

Changi, which handled a record 58.7 million passengers last year - 30 per cent of which was transit traffic - hopes that Jewel will attract more tourists and other visitors to Singapore, as well as convince travellers to stop here on their way to other destinations.

Travellers aside, Jewel will provide another opportunity to create new bonds and memories for Singaporeans. After all, many of them see the airport as a source of national pride which holds a special place in their hearts.

Source and reference :

The Straits Times | Business Insider | Channel NewsAsia | The New Paper


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