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Inside the Jewel at Singapore Changi Airport looking at the famous Rain Vortex. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Singapore Changi Airport Crowned World’s Best Airport Again

According to Skytrax, Singapore’s Changi Airport has been crowned the World’s Best Airport for the eighth year in a row. The award is voted by consumers in a global survey.

In addition, Japan is the winner of the Skytrax award as well. Four Japanese airports are ranked in the World’s Top 10 airports including Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Narita Airport, Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and Central Japan International Airport.

Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax said, “Singapore Changi Airport remains a very popular choice with customers and delights at nearly all points in the airport journey, and it is this attention to detail that proves so popular.”

In response to the honor, Seow-Hiang Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Changi Airport Group said, “Changi Airport is humbled to receive this affirmation from our travelers, made possible by the strong support from our airport partners. This has been a challenging year for all us.”

In light of the drastic drop in travel demand and with passenger volume not expected to return to normal in the near future, Changi Airport has shut down Terminal 2 for 18 months. According to the Changi, “The suspension of operations will allow the terminal two expansion works announced earlier to be accelerated.”

According to the announcement earlier this year, the new Terminal 2 may handle five million passengers more a year and the total passenger volume of Changi may reach 90 million after the enhancement.

Earlier, Changi Airport announced its passenger statistics for March. As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the airport has seen a decrease of 70 percent in numbers year-over-year and recorded only 1.65 million passengers. For the last week of March, passenger movements were 98 percent less than the same time last year. Also, the number of flights operated in April at Changi were 96 percent less than originally scheduled.

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