Singapore Changi is already regarded by many as the world’s best airport. In addition to amazing shopping, the airport has all kinds of amenities, from a butterfly garden to a movie theater.
However, this year the airport will be taken to a completely new level with the opening of the Jewel Changi Airport. The Jewel is expected to make the airport a destination even for those not flying, as it will be an incredible entertainment destination with over 280 shops and restaurants. It will even have a Yotel, should you want to spend the night.
The Jewel will be next to Terminal 1, though will be linked to Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 by train. It will be located landside, so even passengers not flying can visit.
We’ve known that the Jewel is opening this year, but we now know the official opening date. The Jewel Changi Airport will be opening on April 17, 2019.
For Singapore residents there may even be a chance to get a preview. A public preview will be available April 11-16, 2019, and tickets for that will be available starting at 6AM local time on March 12. Each person can register for up to four people here.
The only thing not opening immediately is Canopy Park, which is expected to open around the middle of the year. This is the 14,000 square meter park located on the top floor of the Jewel, which features a 50 meter suspended bridge with a glass floor.
While I haven’t really been a fan of mall-walking since my tweens, I’m really excited to check out the Jewel. Really this isn’t even an airport amenity anymore, but rather Singapore is making Changi a destination for locals as well.
I hope to check this out shortly after it launches, and of course also have to spend a night at the Yotel.
(Tip of the hat to SINJim)