Crossing the Straits of Johor via a 25m-high bridge from Woodlands North Station (LRT) in Singapore to the Bukit Chagar Station in JB, the Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link will help to ease Causeway congestion, improve connectivity, foster people-to-people ties and generate shared economic and social benefits. The RTS Link will be a standalone Light Rail Transit (LRT) System with the capacity to serve up to 10,000 commuters during peak periods, for every hour and in each direction.
To facilitate a seamless travelling experience, there will be co-located Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities. Passengers travelling in either direction will clear both Singapore and Malaysia authorities at the point of departure, and need not go through immigration clearance again at the point of arrival.
The RTS Link is a 4km rail shuttle service between the Singapore terminus at Woodlands North station and the Malaysia terminus at Bukit Chagar station in Johor Bahru. It has a large capacity of up to 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction. Passengers will enjoy a fast and seamless experience travelling between Singapore and Johor Bahru on the RTS Link, and a journey time of about five minutes between the two stations. Furthermore, the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities of Singapore and Malaysia will be co-located at Woodlands North and Bukit Chagar stations, which means that passengers only need to clear the immigration authorities once, i.e. at their point of departure. When the RTS Link opens for service at the end of 2026, it will be a game changer that will significantly improve connectivity between Singapore and Johor Bahru and ease congestion along the Causeway.
The RTS Link Woodlands North Station will be constructed underground at a maximum depth of 28 metres. There will be three stories, with two basement levels and an underground linkway to the CIQ building. The RTS Link Woodlands North Station and CIQ building are approximately 10 times the size of a typical MRT station. These facilities will be adjacent to Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) Woodlands North MRT station and be seamlessly connected via an underground concourse. The tunnels will be connected to the viaduct that crosses the Straits of Johor at a height of 25 metres.
Connect@Changi is a pilot purpose-built facility designed for Singapore and international travellers to conduct business meetings and engagements in a safe and contained environment. It is developed by a Singapore consortium, led by Temasek, and includes The Ascott Limited, Changi Airport Group, Sheares Healthcare Group, SingEx Group and Surbana Jurong.
Connect@Changi is strategically located in Singapore Expo that serves as a hub for both accommodation and business. Package includes 4-star accomodation, dedicated schedules for swab test and access to facilities for your business needs.
The facility will offer an integrated 'test-stay-work-meet’ experience, complementing Singapore’s SafeTravel programme to accelerate the resumption of regional and international business activities.
Offering a varied choice of functional spaces for meetings of between 4 to 22 persons, Connect@Changi meeting rooms have everything a guest needs to host a safe and seamless meeting with business partners. Each room is fully equipped with high-speed internet access, audio-visual equipment and outfitted with an air-tight glass panel for complete segregation, even while meeting each other face-to-face.
Guests are welcome to unwind and relax with a calming view of the indoor courtyards. Alternatively, book a session to the GymPods via the mobile app to work out a sweat.
Singapore's eighth MRT line, the Cross Island Line (CRL) will be our longest fully underground line at more than 50 kilometres long. It will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, connecting major hubs such as Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region.
When operational, it will have the highest number of interchange stations, with almost half the stations on the line being linked to existing rail stations. This means more alternative travel routes to get to your destination.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is also pleased to announce the alignment and station locations for the Cross Island Line (CRL) – Punggol Extension, which connects Pasir Ris to Punggol, providing a direct connection for commuters travelling between eastern and north-eastern Singapore.
The 7.3-kilometre extension will provide better rail connectivity and greater accessibility for those living in eastern areas such as Pasir Ris and Tampines North as well as north-eastern areas such as Punggol and Sengkang. The Punggol extension will be fully underground and comprises four stations, namely Punggol, Riviera, Elias, and Pasir Ris. Construction for the extension is expected to commence in 2022, with the stations opening by 2031.
With the CRL-Punggol Extension, Punggol residents will be able to reach Pasir Ris within 15 minutes on the MRT in future. A same journey on the bus takes around 40 minutes. It will also halve the travel time for commuters travelling from Punggol North to Loyang Industrial Area.
Constructed in three phases, the 29km long Phase 1 of the CRL (CRL1) will comprise 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. This will serve residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio. More than 100,000 households will benefit from CRL1, and common recreational spaces such as Changi Beach Park and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park will also become accessible by public transport. Construction for CRL1 is expected to be completed by 2029.
Qatar Airways has opened its new Premium Lounge at Terminal 1 of Singapore Changi Airport, marking the airline’s fifth international Premium Lounge. The new 85-passenger capacity lounge is approximately 700 sqm and operates daily from 7:30am to 2:00am.
Qatar Airways’ first class, business class passengers and select Privilege Club cardholders can enjoy complimentary access to the Premium Lounge.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are thrilled to have launched our latest international Premium Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport. The lounge design is inspired by modern-day Arabic architecture, reflecting Qatar Airways’ heritage.
Qatar Airways has so far opened Premium Lounges in London, Paris, Beirut and Bangkok.
Changi Airport Group (CAG) has made official announcement that expansion and renovation works at Terminal 2 (T2) will commence after the Chinese New Year holidays, beginning with check-in rows 9 to 12 in the Departure Hall. This marks the beginning of a multi-year expansion project which will increase T2’s handling capacity, as well as to replace facilities and amenities which are nearing the end of their shelf lives.
The expansion project will add 15,500 square metres to the terminal building and increase Changi Airport’s capacity by five million passengers per annum (mppa). This brings Changi’s total capacity to 90 mppa when the works are completed around 2024.
Last refurbished in 2006, the refreshed T2 will sport even more greenery and natural elements at every turn, in keeping with Changi’s signature garden theme in its terminals. There will also be space added in the Departure and Arrival Halls, giving more room to airport operations such as check-in and immigration clearance. Additional retail and F&B outlets will be introduced in both the public and transit areas, providing passengers and visitors with wider and refreshed options. At the same time, passenger touchpoints will be enhanced for a smoother and more seamless experience.
The refurbished T2 Departure Hall will feature a spacious common-use central Fast And Seamless Travel (FAST) zone, with more automated check-in kiosks and bag drop machines. With this, more passengers will be able to use these self-service options to check-in early. Concurrently, the existing rows of check-in counters in the Departure Hall will be transformed to better serve passengers. All in all, the passenger handling capacity in the hall will be increased by as much as 20%.
To facilitate the expansion works, some airlines operating in T2 will be shifted to alternative check-in rows within the terminal during the course of works. The two flight information display flip boards will be retired, with the one between Check-in Rows 9 and 10 to be decommissioned next month.
A duplex F&B concept will be introduced at the north end of T2’s landside leading to Jewel Changi Airport, to provide visitors with a fresh dining experience, while transforming this gateway to Jewel.
In the Departure Transit Hall, the Orchid Garden, which has provided calm reprieve to many passengers with its elegant orchids since 1997, will be closed to make way for a new garden. This new garden will showcase a revolutionary landscape design, incorporating a plethora of new plant species for the enjoyment of passengers when it re-opens.
To cater for more retail and F&B offerings for passengers, the commercial spaces within the Departure Transit Hall will be increased. In particular, the food street areas along the length of the Departure Transit Hall and overlooking the tarmac will undergo refurbishment. Designed to provide passengers with a garden dining experience, this area will incorporate dramatic green walls, hanging plants and soft lighting. More F&B kiosks options will be brought in, along with additional seating and a newly curated tenant mix for an enhanced dining experience.
In addition, all passengers, whether transferring, transiting or departing, can also look forward to refreshed waiting areas with more comfortable seating, relaxation zones and a new play area for children. New experiential zones will be introduced at various locations within the Departure Transit Hall to keep passengers entertained during their time at Changi.
To cater to higher passenger traffic passing through T2, the Departure and Arrival Immigration Halls will be expanded. Specifically, the Immigration Halls will be reconfigured to support additional automated immigration lanes. The Immigration Halls will similarly incorporate lush greenery, extending a warm welcome to our passengers.
To handle a higher volume of bags at T2, two existing baggage belts will be lengthened and another two new belts will be added, bringing the total number of baggage belts to 10. The Early Baggage Storage system will also be upgraded from semi-automated to fully-automated, allowing some 2,300 bags to be stored at any time.
In the Arrival Hall, a garden-like lounge will be created, where meeters and greeters can wait comfortably for their friends and families to arrive.
For the dining outlets in the public area of the airport, McDonald’s in the Arrival Hall will close on 31 January 2020, while Starbucks in the Departure Hall will cease operations in April 2020. The remaining F&B outlets in T2’s public areas will remain open for passengers and visitors until the later phases of the expansion works. With the refurbishment, a new cluster of F&B kiosks will offer additional quick bites options at the south end of the Arrival Hall.
The 43km Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) is Singapore’s sixth MRT line, adding 32 new stations to the existing rail network, with seven interchange stations linking the TEL to all five existing MRT lines. TEL will open in stages from end of January 2020, starting with the opening of 3 stations which are Woodlands North Station, Woodlands Station and Woodlands South Station. When fully operational by 2024, the TEL is expected to serve approximately 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, with the figure rising to about one million commuters in the longer term.
Besides enhancing connectivity between the north, central and eastern parts of Singapore, the TEL will strengthen the resilience of the nation's rail network by providing alternative travel routes for commuters on other lines.
The TEL1 comprises one depot at Mandai and three stations, including an interchange station at Woodlands that links to the North-South Line (NSL), providing commuters in Woodlands greater accessibility and shortening their travelling time. Woodlands Station is also equipped with a Civil Defence shelter.
Passengers can look forward to new five-door, four-car trains for TEL. Trains will be running along TEL1 stations from Woodlands North to Woodlands South at frequencies of 10 minutes during peak hours and 15 minutes during off-peak hours, at the commencement of passenger service for TEL1. As ridership on TEL1 increases, the frequencies for both peak and off-peak hours will be reviewed and adjusted.
The second stage of the TEL comprises six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott, with two interchange stations at Bright Hill and Caldecott. Bright Hill station will link to the future Cross Island Line, while Caldecott station will link to the existing Circle Line.
Qantas has officially opened its newest First Lounge, a luxury space spread over 1,000 sqm at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
The new First Lounge will operate in tandem alongside the airline’s existing International Business Lounge, providing capacity for 240 customers and a bespoke offering for Qantas’ First Class passengers and top tier frequent flyers.
The new build was designed by Australian designer David Caon in collaboration with Kelvin Ho of architecture and design firm Akin Atelie and features a number of Singaporean influences across the look and feel of the lounge as well as the food and beverage offering.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the opening of the new lounge is a reflection of the airline’s extensive premium investment in the region.
“Since our A380 flights have returned to Singapore, we’ve seen an increase in demand for premium travel which has also translated to an increase in the number of travellers enjoying our lounge hospitality.
“This is our fourth Qantas First Lounge, and each time we build an entire new lounge facility from scratch, we speak to our frequent flyers to get a better understanding of how customers like to spend their time in the lounge and tailor it accordingly. Our customers told us their key priorities when travelling through or from Singapore is space to relax and do some last-minute work, a quick shower, and a meal before departure so they can maximise their sleep onboard.”
An open kitchen will serve up a Rockpool a la carte seasonal menu designed with Singapore’s vibrant dining culture in mind.
The lounge also features a cocktail bar with lounge seating, serving French champagne, seasonal spritzes, unique cocktails inspired by Singapore, like a Calamansi Mojito – made from the local Calamansi fruit, Singaporean and Australian beer – and a variety of Australian wine. View Singapore First Lounge Menu here.
Non-alcoholic healthy beverages such as kefir and kombucha, barley water and a Rockpool ‘House Lemonade’ are available, along with all day barista service with Vittoria coffee and a selection of savoury bar snacks and fruit.
Wellness continues to be a major inspiration and the new Qantas First Lounge brings the outside in. Live greenery features throughout the lounge to soften the space and bolster the atmosphere, while the use of natural materials and colour palettes is designed to help relax customers.
A unique faux ‘skylight’ in the shower suites and lounge area will replicate natural daylight and help adjust the body clock as customers transition through multiple time zones.
Business travellers have the choice to work in an open, communal setting or individual lounge chairs with high dividers. USB and charging ports are located throughout the lounge, with wireless printing, Wi-Fi and TV screens for customers to stay charged and connected.
The new premium space is Qantas’ fourth First Lounge across its global network, joining Sydney, Melbourne, and Los Angeles. The opening is part of the multi-million-dollar investment for customers on its Singapore services and complements the expanded Qantas International Business lounge at Changi, which combined now offers seating for more than 800 customers.
MCM is a luxury travel goods and accessories brand with an attitude defined by combining a contemporary aesthetic and a focus on functional innovation with the use of cutting edge techniques.
Founded in 1976 at the pinnacle of Munich’s creative renaissance, today, through its association with art, music, technology and travel, MCM embodies the bold, irreverent and aspirational. Appealing to the Global Nomad generation - dreamers, creatives and digital natives - MCM’s millennial audience is ageless, genderless, empowered and unconstrained by rules and boundaries. This is New School Luxury.
MCM is currently sold in 478 stores in 35 countries including Munich, Berlin, Zurich, London and more.
Part of dnata and owned by the Emirates Group, Marhaba Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 3 is available to all ticketed passengers in any class and on any airline for a small fee.
The 24-hour Marhaba Lounge can accommodate more than 130 passengers.
Established in 1991, the Marhaba brand is part of the Dubai National Air Transport Association (dnata), a major air services provider. It offers airport meet and greet services in Dubai and now operates 12 departure airport lounges in various airports around the world.
Whether you choose to relax in their dnata Lounge at Terminal 1 or to chill out in the brand new Marhaba Lounge in Terminal 3, you’ll find a quiet space to unwind before your flight.
Catch up on work using their business services, or simply enjoy a meal and a drink from their buffet and full service bar.
Join them in the lounge before you fly from Changi Airport to enjoy:
Open 24 hours daily
Large selection of international cuisine, including local favourites
The CRL is Singapore's eighth MRT line and also our longest fully underground line. When fully completed, it will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, linking major hubs such as Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region. The projected daily ridership of the entire CRL is more than 600,000 in the initial years, increasing to over 1 million in the longer term.
LTA will construct the CRL in three phases. Phase 1 of the CRL (CRL1) is 29 kilometres long, and comprises 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. This will serve residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio. More than 100,000 households will benefit from CRL1, and common recreational spaces such as Changi Beach Park and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park will also become more accessible by public transport. Construction for CRL1 is expected to commence in 2020 and be completed by 2029.
Engineering studies are still being conducted for the other phases of the CRL, including the two underground alignment options in the vicinity of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. LTA has consulted various stakeholders and will take all views into consideration before deciding on the final alignment. Details will be announced when ready.
With the improved connectivity, CRL1 will shorten travel times for commuters between the central, north-eastern and eastern parts of Singapore. For instance, a commuter staying at Serangoon North and working at Loyang Industrial Estate will enjoy travel time savings of up to 70%, from 75 minutes by bus today to 25 minutes on the CRL1. As with the introduction of other new rail lines, LTA will review the bus services in surrounding areas to optimise connectivity to CRL1 and the rest of the rail network.
CRL1 will connect to the East-West Line at Pasir Ris Station, North East Line at Hougang Station, North-South Line at Ang Mo Kio Station, and the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line at Bright Hill Station. This multiplies the travel route options for many commuters’ journeys, thus enhancing the connectivity and resilience of our overall rail network.
The Founders’ Memorial station, located between Tanjong Rhu and Gardens by the Bay stations along the TEL, will improve accessibility for visitors to the Bay East Garden, where the memorial will be located. The station will also serve upcoming residential and recreational developments in the area.
With coffee sourced from more than forty different farms internationally, BLACK: Barista Coffee World at Changi Airport Terminal 2 is certainly a shop for all premium coffee aficionados. From Indonesia Kopi Luwak to Jamaican Blue Mountain, the variety is second to none. Not only are whole and ground beans for sale, there is also a fine selection of premium accessories to check out. Be it the siphon, French press, or machinetta, there is something for everyone. So stop by for a lovely souvenir that is bound to impress all discerning coffee lovers.
BLACK: Barista Coffee World is the finest purveyor of gourmet coffee. Their connoisseurs have travelled the globe selecting the highest quality, aromatic beans from the world’s premium coffee producing regions and farms. They have used our expertise in terroir and microclimates to ensure a superior, full bodied flavor profile. Their passion for luxury shows in the final roast, using only the best artisanal coffee roasters to bring you an exceptionally rich coffee experience and selection from all around the world. Click here for the list of specially curated coffee which they carry.
The estimated completion of the new Punggol Coast MRT Station is slated for much earlier than the original 2030 timeline to support growing developments in Punggol North.
The developments in Punggol North includes new residential estates at Northshore District and Punggol Point District, as well as the Punggol Digital District, Singapore’s pilot Enterprise District comprising JTC Corporation’s (JTC) mixed-use developments, and the Singapore Institute of Technology’s (SIT) new campus.
Punggol Coast MRT Station (NE18) is a future underground station along the North East Line (NEL) just off Punggol Road. Expected to be completed by Year 2023, it will take over Punggol MRT/LRT Station as the northern terminus of the NEL.
An innovative and seamless travel experience, in addition to a spectacular and spacious lounge, is what Cathay Pacific customers can look forward to when using the brand new Changi Airport Terminal 4.
The opening of Terminal 4 in end-October also unveiled a dedicated Cathay Pacific Lounge, one of the airline’s largest lounges outside Hong Kong, with seating for more than 200 customers.
Terminal 4 takes innovation to the next level by offering Cathay Pacific customers an integrated suite of self-service options, reducing queueing time and speeding up the process right through to boarding.
Passengers will be able to check-in, drop off their bag, clear immigration and board using fully automated systems, thereby ensuring a seamless, stress-free passage and allowing them greater control over how they spend their time at the terminal.
Similar in style to Cathay Pacific’s award-winning lounges at The Pier in Hong Kong, the new Cathay Pacific Lounge at Terminal 4 provides a “living room” environment of understated luxury in which eligible passengers can relax, eat and work before their flight.
Designer furniture and lighting has been carefully selected for practicality, comfort and privacy, while the use of natural materials, plenty of greenery and artworks by local artists add to the lounge’s welcoming atmosphere.
There is also a strong focus on food and beverage services, with the dining area featuring Cathay Pacific’s iconic Noodle Bar, offering a selection of freshly prepared Asian dishes including its signature Dan Dan Noodles and local favourite, Singapore Laksa.
Luvenus is one of the many new retail offerings at the newly-unveiled Changi Airport Terminal 4.
Established in 2012, Luvenus is a contemporary jewellery brand specialised in the creations of 22k and 24k gold jewellery.
Inspired by the ultimate matrimony between Luminous and Venus, the name Luvenus symbolizes impeccable beauty and light. Since its launch at the Changi Airport, Luvenus has gathered a strong following for its unique and diverse designs, creating pieces that are much coveted and cherished.
Born out of an unwavering passion to create the finest designs in gold, their creations are not only a personal adornment but also a valuable form of investment.
Innovative craftsmanship and quality are intrinsic to their designs as they pursue their humble goal of showcasing to the world, beautifully unique designs carrying the fineness and beauty of gold.
4 MRT stations on Tuas West Extension will open on 18 June 2017, cutting down some commuters' journeys by up to 35 minutes.
The four above-ground stations which are beyond the current Joo Koon station are Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link. They are part of the new 7.5km Tuas West Extension, which is expected to serve 100,000 commuters daily, in particular the many workers in the Jurong and Tuas industrial estates, who will see their journeys shortened.
For as an example; a journey from Ang Mo Kio to Tuas West can be cut by about 35 minutes from about 100 minutes currently, to 65 minutes with the new extension
The Tuas West Extension project also includes the construction of the Tuas viaduct, which opened on Feb 18, and a 26ha integrated depot.
There will be a preview of the extension at an open house on 16 June. All four stations will be opened to the public from noon to 8pm.
Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR), one of the fastest growing travel retail groups globally, has opened to welcome its first guests to The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck at Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3 (T3).
Following ELR’s successful bid for three concessions at Changi Airport, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck is the first ELR outlet to open. Already winning praise, the spacious premium casual-dining eatery provides guests the option of dining from the all-day menu or relaxing with a drink at the bar.
Travellers can enjoy the acclaimed celebrity chef’s renowned interpretation of global comfort fare using only the freshest quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Set in a stunning outlet with a raised kitchen platform and a feature pizza oven at its heart, the outlet’s open plan design allows guests a perfect view of the team’s excitement and energy on the culinary stage.
The outlet boasts a selection of dishes that are unique to Changi Airport, such as the Spicy Chicken Potstickers, Asian BBQ Chicken Pizza, Steamed Scottish Salmon Hong Kong Style, and the Australian Ribeye with Kalbi Glaze. The menu will also feature one of Wolfgang’s signature dishes, the Chicken Salad, with napa cabbage, wontons, cashews and a ginger-sesame vinaigrette. Breakfast options include the Eggs & Hash Bowl with sausage and Smoked Salmon Bagel.
For travellers looking for a refined dining experience at Changi Airport during the day, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck also offers artisanal pizza, gourmet sandwiches, pasta, salads and entrees. Guests can also enjoy a range of specialty cocktails and Wolfgang Puck’s own label of premium Red and White wine.
Plaza Premium Group, the pioneer and industry leader in providing Premium Airport Services, announces the official debut of Aerotel today in Singapore, the airport transit hotel arm under the Group that offers a stylish hideaway in the heart of airports.
Aerotel Singapore is a one-of-a-kind airport transit hotel in Changi Airport to provide travellers in transit with excellent accommodation and convenient booking hours. Located on Level 3 in Terminal 1 of the airport (near Boarding Gate D41), Aerotel Singapore is the Group’s inaugural flagship transit hotel and the world’s only transit hotel equipped with an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and pool-side bar in the airport restricted area.
Designed by travellers for travellers, Aerotel Singapore is parked near the boarding gates, and is travellers’ tranquil oasis between flights. Employed with antique brick walls, fine timber and quality fabric in grey and aqua, Aerotel’s design brings about a contemporary and chic yet elegant feeling from the moment one steps into the lobby. In addition to its warm lighting, signature fragrance and soft acoustics, Aerotel Singapore creates a stylish and homey experience for transit travellers to escape from airport’s hustle and bustle.
Equipped with supreme quality bedding fabrics and pillow menu, the 70-guestroom Aerotel Singapore offers three types of comfortable room options with respect to size. Bathrooms offer powerful hot shower and a selection of natural skincare products to make sure guests stay fresh and relaxed while in transit. Selected rooms can even have a stunning view facing the breathtaking airport runway where a surreal scene of A380 aircrafts are just parked a stone’s throw away.
As the world’s only transit hotel equipped with an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, pool side bar and gym facilities in transit zone, guests are invited to spend their transit time at the pool to enjoy the cheering sunshine of Singapore and busy aircraft movements, or workout at our fitness corner.
With hours of operation around-the-clock, Aerotel Singapore offers flexible booking hours, from SGD55 to SGD135 for a minimum of 6 hours. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access during their stay.