Changi Airport has never had so few flights in its 40-year history. But every flight that departs or arrives in Changi represents a connection between Singapore and the rest of the world. For travellers, this means reconnecting families with loved ones separated by closed borders because of Covid-19. Despite the low number of flights, Changi’s responsibility is to make sure every flight is handled safely. Changi Journeys finds out from the Airport Emergency Service how they handle this critical mission and what keeps Changi’s firefighters motivated.
Air travel remains one of the fastest ways to get from one country to another. For some, the feeling of flying continues to be one of the most looked forward to experiences, whether it is flying for work or holiday. Away from top inflight service and comfort on an aircraft, a team at Changi Airport remains on guard 24/7.
Changi’s Airport Emergency Service (AES) is motivated by their mission to protect and save lives, minimise property damage, and facilitate the quick return of the Changi aerodrome to normal operations. On the chest of each firefighter’s uniform is the AES badge with three words – Speed, Skill, Safety. Officers in AES know that they are the team to be counted on to make a difference when the unexpected happens.