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306/365 – Changi Airport

SingaporeChangi Airport,Changi InternationalAirport, or simply Changi Airport, is the main airport inSingapore. A major aviation hub inSoutheast Asia, it is about 17.2 km (10.7 mi) north-east from the commercial centre in Changi, on a 13 km2 (5.0 sq mi) site.

The airport, operated by the Changi Airport Group, is the home base of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Scoot, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Valuair, and Jett8 Airlines.

As of March 2012,Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines operating 6,100 weekly flights connectingSingapore to over 220 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide.

The airport is a secondary hub for Qantas, which usesSingapore as the main stopover point for flights on theKangaroo Route betweenAustralia and Europe.

Qantas is the largest foreign airline to operate from the airport, with over two million passengers annually. An important contributor to the Economy of Singapore, more than 28,000 people are employed at the airport, which accounts for over S$4.5 billion in output.

ChangiAirport has four passenger terminals with a total annual handling capacity of more than 70 million passengers.

Terminal 1 opened in 1981, followed by Terminal 2 in 1990 and Terminal 3 in 2008. The Budget Terminal, opened in 2006, will be closed in September 2012 to make way for Terminal 4 which will be ready by 2017.

In 2011, the airport handled 46,543,845 passengers, a 10.7% increase over the previous year. This made it the 18th busiest airport in the world and the fifth busiest in Asia by passenger traffic in 2010.

The airport crossed the 45 million mark for the first time in its history in December 2011, recorded its busiest month in December 2011 (4.53 million) and its busiest day on 17 December 2011 with 165,000 passengers handled.

In addition to being an important passenger hub, the airport is one of the busiest cargo airports in the world, handling 1,865,252 tonnes of cargo in 2011. The total number of commercial aircraft movements was 301,711 in 2011.

Since its opening in 1981, the airport has made its mark in the aviation industry as a benchmark for service excellence, winning over 390 awards since 1981, including 23 ‘Best’ awards in 2011 alone.

ChangiAirport’s efforts to counter the onset of age include periodic physical upgrades to its existing terminals, building of new facilities and the provision of a high level of customer service.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Changi_Airport

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