A Look at Condé Nast Traveler's Best Airports of 2017

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 The iconic split-flap board located in Changi Airport Terminal 2

The iconic split-flap board located in Changi Airport Terminal 2

It is no surprise that Changi Airport has consistently been lauded with awards by various media outlets and organizations. As it is one of the best in the world, Changi has attained the 'Best Airport' award (and reputation) multiple times over. 

Condé Nast Traveler, one of the world's leading traditional travel media publishers has once again crowned Singapore Changi Airport as the world's best. The award goes to the hub for a plethora of reasons; the presence of excellent air connections to the region, its spectacular air-side attractions (swimming pool, indoor waterfall and butterfly garden) and as well as some 'high-tech' features like self-boarding gates and a developed Wi-Fi network. The article also highlights the airport's free city tour that is available for transit passengers that have more than six hours to kill before their next flight.

Changi Airport, the world's sixth largest by passenger volume, is currently undergoing a major upgrading effort that seeks to double its yearly capacity and better position itself as a retail and lifestyle destination. 

The airport is slated to open its new Terminal 4 on Oct 31 which increases its capacity by 16 million passenger movements, giving the airport a slight boost to its passenger handling abilities. The terminal sits on the former grounds of the former Budget Terminal which was torn down after 6 years of operations.

Here are some of the airport's upcoming projects:

Project Jewel, a new mixed-use complex (to open end-2018) aims to attract both passengers and visitors to Changi Airport. The building will house in it many retail, dining and lifestyle concepts. It will also feature a futuristic glass dome design, an indoor waterfall and will support an integrated airport rail link system.

 

Terminal 5 is currently in its planning stages as the airport seeks to future-proof its operations and design. As such, the upcoming terminal is envisioned to have a greater handling capacity than T1, 2 and 3 combined. Because the airport authority is confident of future growth in demand for air travel, Changi will also be adopting a new 3-runway system like its counterparts in Hong Kong and Seoul.

 

Apart from these developments at Changi, Singapore is pushing ahead with efforts to develop the country as the region's premier aviation hub. Other than serving as a transit point for intra-regional and inter-continental flights, the country is also expanding its expertise and capabilities in other aviation sectors like MRO and pilot training.

The city-state also has another civilian airport located in Seletar, but the use of this facility is dominated by private business charters and flight schools. Flights that use turboprop aircraft will be relocated to Seletar and the airport will be unveiling its new passenger terminal by the end of 2018.

Other top airports listed by CN Traveler include Seoul-Incheon (a perennial rival of Changi), Dubai International, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok and Hamad International Airport.