A History of Firsts
Paya Lebar Airport Hits its StrideThe airport quickly becomes a busy destination and stop-off point.1967
Exciting Arrivals Gain AttentionPaya Lebar welcomes the fastest and most powerful civil jet aircraft.
Rapid Growth in International AviationThe 1970s sees a massive increase in the popularity of international travel.1972197519771979
Laying a Solid Foundation For TravelThe foundation stone of Terminal 1 at the new Changi Airport is laid, and air links with China are established.
World's First Transit-area Swimming PoolChangi Airport is the world’s first to offer passengers a refreshing swim.1997
First Open Skies Agreement SignedPaving the way for commercial aviation in Singapore and beyond.1998
New Facilities for Passengers in TransitA news hub, sports arena and movie theatre are introduced.
'What's Your Range?'We organised an airport gameshow and introduced broadband Internet in the airport.2002
Changi Airport MRT OpensThe Changi Airport MRT Station opens and flights-on-the-go are introduced.2004
Spiderman and Automated Check-in SystemsSpiderman appears in the airport and we tested an automated check-in system.2006
Changi Airport Wins First Skytrax TitleThe airport continues its run of wins at the new Skytrax World Airport Awards.20072008
World's First Butterfly Garden OpensTerminal 3 opens, featuring the first-in-airport Butterfly Garden.2009
Changi Airport is CorporatisedChangi Airport is corporatised and managed by Changi Airport Group.
Soaring to Greater HeightsAt the start of a new decade, Changi strives to become the quintessential gateway to the world.2011
Improving the Retail ExperienceChangi introduces Experience Ambassadors and a Loyalty Rewards programme.2012
Kinetic Rain Unveiled in Terminal 1The world’s largest kinetic sculpture is unveiled to the public.2013
New Development Plans and e-CommerceDevelopment plans of Jewel Changi Airport are announced and iShopChangi is introduced.2014
Construction of Jewel BeginsConstruction of Jewel Changi Airport commences, and Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) initiative is introduced.2015
Celebrating our 500th Best Airport AwardChangi Airport wins Skytrax for the 3rd consecutive year and 6th time overall.20172018
World's Best Airport AgainChangi Airport is Skytrax's 'World’s Best Airport' for a record 6th consecutive time.2019
Safer Journeys Amid Covid-19
Covid-19 spurs Changi’s adoption of contactless and cleaning initiatives for safer travel.20202020
Changi Airport Connector and Jurassic Mile Open
A new park connector at Changi Airport roars to life.2021
Covid-19 Safety Measures Stepped Up
New measures to protect passengers and the airport community.2021
World’s Best Airport Staff
Changi Airport wins the 2021 Skytrax Award for World’s Best Airport Staff for the first time!2021
Changi Pay: Changi’s First Digital Wallet
Shoppers can redeem vouchers and earn points at one go.
A Bright Future
Future of Changi
Today, Changi Airport is renowned for its unrivalled passenger experiences, which have become synonymous with global connectivity, clockwork efficiency and unique, thoughtful services.
As the number of passengers we welcome continues to rise, and the needs of those passengers become increasingly sophisticated, our challenge is to raise our standards even higher.
It’s a challenge we are already embracing, with creative solutions and signature experiences that will redefine air travel for generations to come.
Passenger traffic at Changi Airport is expected to grow by 3–4% every year for the next 20 years. At this rate, current airport capacity will be reached by the late 2020s.
The Changi East development is a response to this expected growth. It’s a bold strategy to maintain Changi Airport’s and Singapore’s competitive edge for the long term.
With a new, third runway, one of the world’s largest mega terminals, and a range of exciting new facilities, Changi East will ensure Changi Airport is equipped to accommodate and delight ever more passengers and their ever-increasing demands.