Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) gave selected members of the public a sneak peek into the one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination. The 135,700 sqm complex is designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and features a distinctive dome- shaped façade. It will offer both local residents and international visitors a multi-faceted experience that includes attractions, unique shopping and dining concepts, as well as airport and accommodation facilities.
Hung Jean, Chief Executive Officer, 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.”
As the region’s leading air hub, the opening of Jewel will further strengthen Changi Airport’s position as the transit hub of choice among travellers. Connected to 18 Indian cities via more than 280 weekly services, India is the sixth largest market for Changi Airport. In 2018, 4.8 million passenger movements were registered to and from India, the strongest growth among Changi Airport’s top ten markets, with a year-on-year increase of 12 per cent. As Asia’s most connected city to India, Jewel will enhance Singapore’s attractiveness as a tourism destination for Indian travellers with its exciting mix of offerings, facilities and experiences.
Travellers can look forward to a slew of international brands including Emack & Bolio’s, JW360˚, Lavender, OYSHO and Pokémon Center Singapore that will open their first stores alongside homegrown Singapore brands such as In Good Company, Supermama and Tiger Street Lab. These local retailers, designers and craftsmen are given the opportunity to craft a retail theatre to share Singapore’s story with the world. Jewel also has a dedicated retail cluster of local 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 the Canopy Park on the topmost level. Several established brands such as Bengawan Solo, Nike and Tiger Street Lab will also offer new concepts and even exclusive- to-Jewel merchandise. With Jewel, Changi Airport’s current offering of 400 retail and services stores, and 140 F&B outlets will be significantly boosted with an additional 280 retail and dining outlets.
The majestic 40-metre HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, will greet visitors upon entering 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.
Lee Seow Hiang, Chairman of Jewel Changi Airport Devt. Pte. Ltd., and 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.”