No one likes to have a long layover at an airport. When you are on a long flight you at least know that you are getting closer to your final destination. When you are stuck in an airport it feels like time wasted. Watching a movie or playing on your phone can help but there are only so many hours you can watch and I prefer to save that time for the plane. So what can you do? You can roam the terminals looking for somewhere to charge your phone, you can buy an expensive neck pillow, or you can spend all of the hours in different restaurants eating copious amounts of food. That is unless you are at Changi Airport in Singapore. At this airport, you are spoilt for choice.
Changi Airport is the best airport in the world. That is just my opinion but it has also been voted the best airport in the world for seven years in a row. There is no sign of that stopping either as the airport continues to add incredible reasons to make it a clear number one.
First of all, the simple things. Changi airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. If you have ever had the pleasure of being in Heathrow airport or LAX you will know that a busy airport can mean you missing your flight. If you are connecting between two flights getting stuck in one of these airports can be the end of your perfect trip and will cause your stress levels to go through the roof as you have to race between terminals to ensure you don’t miss a flight. Changi airport is different. It is efficient. Every week nearly 8,000 flights land or depart from the airport with over 65 million passengers passing through each year. And yet it doesn’t feel overcrowded.
The second important factor is food. Changi airport caters to the most basic Western demands of burger king and beer but also has a great selection of Asian restaurants. You are spoilt for choice.
The most important thing though, that really makes Changi airport stand out is the care given to the passengers and how they pass their time. Show me another airport with a built-in butterfly park, show me another airport with a nature trail. There are none to rival Changi. It has the largest slide in any airport in the world (I don’t know many airports that have slides anyway). When you go there, there is often something happening as well. When I last went through Changi Airport Pokemon Go was the big craze and a giant Pikachu was doing a dance.
In 2019, Changi Airport went another step above the rest. It unveiled one of the most stunning attractions you will ever see. The world’s tallest indoor waterfall is now located at Changi airport. It is 130 feet high and cost $1.3 billion to build. If you want to pass some time before your next flight this is the place to be. Dubai airport also has some indoor gardens and waterfalls, and they are nice, but the stunning setting of the indoor waterfall in Changi Airport is absolutely unrivaled.
There is no doubt that Changi Airport will win the best airport in the world again this year as they have gone above and beyond yet again for their customers. The incredible waterfall is just the cherry on top of what is an unparalleled airport experience. The only fault I can find with Changi Airport is that if you only have a short layover, you may miss it all.