Singapore airport unveils nature dome in fight for flights

Daniel Fowler
April 14, 2019

The airport also aims to attract domestic visitors and tourists to its shops, cinemas and food and beverage outlets.

Hung Jean, chief executive of Jewel Changi Airport, said: "The unique proposition of world-class shopping and dining, seamlessly integrated with lush greenery, fulfils the needs of increasingly discerning travellers for a meaningful and experiential journey, even for brief layovers".

Jewel started welcoming a limited number of visitors this week, and will open fully to the public next Wednesday.

The everyday airport is a frenetic, stress-filled place, so Jewel Changi aims to be a haven of calm while passengers wait for their flights.

The majestic 40-metre HSBC Rain Vortex, the world's tallest indoor waterfall, will greet visitors upon entering Jewel.

And now, with the opening of its Jewel facility, a retail and experience centre connecting three of the four terminals, airport authorities hope the interest will continue to grow.

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Jewel also provides handsome scenery for visitors. The belief is that the quality of an airport can sway travel decisions.

Play attractions such as the Manulife Sky Nets, Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze and Discovery Slides were created to blend into the unique indoor garden environment and will open in June.

Preview of Jewel Changi Airport is until 16 April and will be operational starting 17 April. Visitors seeking more action can take a leap on the bouncing net and discover the 8-metre high lookout point that features an aerial view of the entire Canopy Park.

Changi Airport, recently voted in a Skytrax survey as the world's best for the seventh year running, reported a record 65.6 million passenger movements in 2018.

It is part of efforts by Changi - the world's seventh busiest airport for global traffic - to attract long-haul travellers over other hubs such as Hong Kong and Dubai.

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