My Jet Airways flight 9W12, departed Mumbai, at 1:45 AM on Nov 30th and arrived at Singapore airport around 9:45 AM on 1st Dec. Later that week, I departed Singapore in Jet Airways flight 9W11 at 7:50 PM and arrived in Mumbai at 11 PM. On December 1st, 2017, I had my first chance at visiting Singapore, starting with its glamourous Changi International Airport.
My flight landed at Terminal 3, the 4th-passenger terminal of Changi Airport since 2008. This extravagant Terminal was built by spending a whopping $1.75 billion over a period of 7 years. Changi, being one-of-the largest and busiest airports in Asia, handles over 22 million passengers every year and Terminal 3 alone has 28 aerobridges. Luckily, I had no check-in luggage, only cabin baggage to fit the essentials.
Inside the Changi International Airport
As soon as I got out of the aerobridge gate, I knew that I was going to use the washroom. The nature-inspired washrooms on Terminal 3 of Changi International airport have a beautiful vibe. The modern washrooms were clean, the staff was great, and the visiting passengers were cordial as well. The only problem for Indians is that there were no hand showers.
After a quick refreshing, I came out, only, to get awestruck by the magnificence of this huge airport. Okay, so the first thing I noticed about Terminal 3, is its sweeping rectilinear roof, with a dramatic horizontal stroke. Next, I headed to the floor helpdesk counter to get the Wi-Fi password. Even though I had activated International roaming on my phone, it took some time for me to find the network. In the meanwhile, help desk printed out a Wi-Fi password for me, supposedly valid for 3 hours.
I stood at the top of the escalator to observe the vastness of the Changi airport. The not-so-busy immigration counters appeared inviting, so did the duty-free shops. As soon as, I walked down the escalator, I saw a large human-sculpture on my right. Next to it, is the immigration form counter. Another beautiful standout at the airport was this gorgeous tree with blinking dim lights. I filled the immigration form and handed it over to the immigration officer at the counter. In a matter of few seconds, I was on the other side of the Terminal 3.
Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 evokes a Natural Luminance
I have heard that 919 skylights and high-tech butterflies at the airport, should not be missed. I did not get a chance to explore Butterly Garden this time, however, I have it marked on my airport bucket list. Either way, get ready to be surprised by Changi Airport’s latest airport facilities, Green Wall, waterfall, and periodic misting.
When you come out of the Terminal 3 Arrival Gate, you will find yourself in a waiting lobby with shops, restaurants, sim card stations, taxi counters, and charging stations. I needed my coffee by this time! So, I went to McDonald’s (towards the right) and got myself a Caramel Macchiato.
Apparently, McDonald’s is also very close to the exit. On the other side of the sliding glass door, is this open space, where you can smoke as well as, catch your taxi. For a fancy breakfast, explore Hello Kitty Restaurant in the opposite direction of McDonald’s.
Right next to Hello Kitty, is the charging station with multiple pins. Next to this restaurant, is also a general store, from where I bought a few refreshments.
After a short wait, I met Laura Kangg, our host for this Singapore trip. We waited for others to arrive, after which, we proceeded into the Sci-Fi city-state of Singapore.