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Jewel Changi Airport opens to the public with an array of familiar and new-to-market retail and F&B experiences

April 13, 2019 Airport No Comments

Today, Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) gave select members of the public the first sneak peek into the new one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination. The 137,000sqm complex is designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and features a distinctive dome-shaped façade. It will offer both international visitors and local residents a multi-faceted experience that includes attractions, unique shopping and dining concepts, as well as airport and accommodation facilities.

In 2018, 5.97 million passenger movements were recorded on flights between Singapore and Australia, a 5% growth Y-o-Y. Of these, 1.11 million Australian travellers entered Singapore, the majority of which enjoyed a layover, using Singapore as the gateway to other Asian destinations and further afield to Europe.

Ms Jean Hung, Chief Executive Officer of Jewel Changi Airport Devt, said, “The vision for Jewel Changi Airport is to be a destination where ‘The World meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the World’. 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.

“Moreover, by providing innovative and fresh experiences for Singapore residents and working professionals in its vicinity, Jewel will invigorate Singapore’s eastern precincts and provide more opportunities for the public to enjoy time with family and friends.”

Boosting Changi Airport’s already impressive offering of 400 retail stores and 140 F&B outlets, Jewel visitors can look forward to a slew of long-awaited new-to-Singapore brands including Burger & Lobster, Läderach and Shake Shack. Furthermore, brands such as Massimo Dutti and Violet Oon Singapore will open their first stores within the Changi Airport complex alongside familiar homegrown favourites such as Bengawan Solo and Bee Cheng Hiang. These Singapore retailers, designers and craftsmen are given the opportunity to craft a retail theatre to share the nation’s story with the world. Jewel also has a dedicated retail cluster of homegrown brands on Level 1 meant to be a one-stop shop for travellers looking to bring home a piece of Singapore.

Multiple retailing formats are present at Jewel, including duplexes, outdoor terraces and spaces within Canopy Park on the topmost level. Several established brands such as Tiger Street Lab, Naiise and Supermama will also offer new concepts and even exclusive-to-Jewel merchandise.

The majestic 40-metre HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, will greet visitors upon entry to Jewel. Surrounding it are the manicured grounds of the Shiseido Forest Valley. Play attractions such as the Manulife Sky Nets, Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze and Discovery Slides were designed to blend into the unique indoor garden environment and will open on 10 June 2019.

Enhancement of capacity at Changi Airport

In conjunction with the development of Jewel, Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 has also been expanded to increase capacity by another three million passenger movements per year. This brings the airport’s total capacity to 85 million, ensuring that it remains well placed to support the growth of air travel in the region.

As part of Changi Airport’s continued focus on providing passenger convenience, airport facilities have also been added in Jewel. These include early check-in counters and kiosks, a baggage storage service and the Changi Lounge, a 150-seat lounge with shower facilities offering seamless transfers for passengers connecting to and from cruise and ferry services.

Jewel will also house the first YOTELAIR property in Asia. With 130 smartly-designed cabins that optimise space in its Premium, Accessible and Family cabins, these rooms can be booked for a minimum of four hours, ideal for short daytime layovers or overnight stays. YOTELAIR also features time-saving airline style self-check-in kiosks that will facilitate a hassle-free check-in process. Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of Changi Airport Group, said, “We are delighted to see the completion of Changi Airport’s new jewel, which we hope will contribute to many more memorable Changi experiences for our passengers. Jewel Changi Airport is a valuable addition to Singapore’s world-class tourism attractions and aviation facilities. We look forward to welcoming the world to Jewel, whether they are travelling to or through Singapore.”

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