Friday, March 18, 2016

Changi

I follow travel news a good bit and noticed in this morning's news that Singapore's Changi Airport (SIN) was now ranked as the number one airport in the world by a Skytrax survey.

I had a chance three weeks ago to travel through Changi and spend some time walking through the airport.

This display in the picture?  A fake but life-size London bus there in the interior.

I have to say that I agree with the number one ranking that Skytrax gave Changi.  If I were a young designer or architect of airports...I'd go and spend two or three days walking around the airport.

First, without any doubt....it is one of the largest airports in the world, but built in a way that humors travelers.  Various shops are along the entry area and the passenger area....all within reason on prices.

Second, no matter what business you have or your degree of frustration.....it seems as though the employees within the Changi Airport are working to lessen them.  They are......about as friendly as you'd ever imagine airport employees being.

Third, if you had to pick any airport that you wanted to fly into and wait four hours for the connecting flight....I can't think of a better airport than Changi.  It's got shopping, restaurants, and pubs galore.  If you are connecting via Qantas and going business class....it's lounge on the upper deck is one of the finer lounges that you will find in the civilized world.

Fourth, there are dozens of airports in the world where I'd advise to continually be on the watch for thieves or pick-pockets.  In Changi?  I just never saw any indication that you need to devote time to watching your back-side.

So, if you were looking for a unique experience....use Changi for one of your flight hubs, and put a couple of hours into a delay there.  It will be an enjoyable delay.

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