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.
Q & M Dental Group has opened Singapore's first private dentistry college, offering graduate diploma studies in clinical dentistry. The Q & M College of Dentistry aims to provide a platform for dentists to upgrade their skills and learn best practices in Dentistry, including performing dental procedures with the latest technologies and materials.
They have put in place their own academic and examination board for Q & M College of Dentistry. Their teaching faculty is made up of more than 30 Lecturers of senior General Practitioners and Specialists. Apart from dentists here, the college could also enrol practitioners in Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Indonesia.
A cozy terrace in the heart of Clarke Quay, Yin is for like-minded people to congregate. Located within The Riverhouse, Yin is an al-fresco bar by day and lounge by night, where their patrons can enjoy non-stop entertainment ranging from LIVE performances to sports, from dusk ’till dawn.
A melodious blend of tradition and modernity, Mimi at The Riverhouse in Clarke Quay fuses intriguing flavours from Sichuan, Shanghai and Mongolia with contemporary cooking techniques and distinctive presentations to create an engaging dining experience. Heavily invigorated by its past as a headquarter for secret societies, every dish seeks to convey the secrets, origins and stories of Chinese culture. Click here to view Mimi's menu.
Mimi is also a unique wedding venue choice which offers couples a complete experience of modern Chinese cuisine with a touch of cultural heritage in a 150 year old Heritage Building in the heart of Clarke Quay. Check out their Wedding Kit here for more information.
Part of the newly-opened The Riverhouse at Clarke Quay, Yang is the first upmarket International Asian Club with a distinct music and theatrical entertainment direction. Positioned to be continuous innovators in the Nightlife industry, this nightspot will be the future top-of-mind experiential nightclub identity for Asian revelers in Singapore.
Elegance and Class in Clarke Quay's Oldest Establishment.
Housed within the most iconic and time-honored property in Clarke Quay, The Riverhouse is a multi-concept destination run by 1-Group comprising of an alfresco bar, modern Chinese restaurant and world-class nightclub.
Built in the 1870s along the banks of Clarke Quay, The Riverhouse began life as a thriving “secret society” house helmed by several headmen of the notorious Ghee Hok Society. The same vibrancy continues to live today in this two-storey multi-concept space housing a modern Chinese restaurant, alfresco bar and world-class nightclub – namely Mimi, Yin and Yang.
With its distinctively seductive Chinese architecture, remnants of the past are still present as the establishment pays homage to Eastern influences with top-notch Asian-fusion cuisine and monthly exchanges with the top clubs in Asia. Diners and partygoers alike can expect an immersive experience as they marvel at the sultry décor that amalgamates tradition and modernity.
Skyports and Volocopter have announced a cooperation to build the first mobile Volo-Port for air taxis. UK-based global vertiport owner and operator Skyports and air taxi pioneer Volocopter unveiled plans for the Volo-Port – the physical landing pads for so-called eVTOL (electric take-off and landing) – through stunning designs produced by internationally renowned agency Brandlab.
Ground-based vertiport infrastructure is critical to the success of future urban air mobility (UAM), including air taxi operations in congested cities. Construction of the first Volo-Port will be completed later this year. The partners plan to build it in Singapore for the scheduled public flight trials in the second half of 2019. A full-scale Volocopter vehicle is on display at the Greentech festival.
The Volo-Port prototype will:
Enable real-life testing of the full customer journey to perfect the passenger experience;
Showcase planned customer services, including pre-flight checks, passenger lounges and boarding procedures;
Allow practical testing of ground operations and services, including battery swaps and charging, maintenance, safety and security;
Provide the opportunity for authorities and industry regulators to interact with the infrastructure and provide feedback before they are asked to approve the final design.
Vertiports are the only physical infrastructure required for air taxis to commence operations in cities in the near future. Volo-Ports are designed to provide passengers with a seamless air taxi experience that is safe, secure, and relaxing. They will merge with their surroundings, allowing passengers and passers-by to see through the whole structure.
FlightSchool.sg offers full-motion flight simulator experience & FAA Private Pilot preparation training, which involves a 12-week ground school & 20 hours of dual & solo full-motion flight simulator training. Thereafter, one may earn a Private Pilot Lisense in the USA in as little as 25 days!
FlightSchool.sg was established by a group of experienced private aviators after realising that there was a huge interest in private aviation – but the cost and timeframe required to obtain a Private Pilot License were prohibitive for many. While there are readily available options for the budding aviator: one can join a Singapore-based flying club (Seletar Flying Club & Singapore Flying Club) or even take a 45 min drive across the causeway via the 2nd link to a flying club based in Senai, Malaysia – be prepared to spend up to one year (based on once a week time commitment) before you are competent enough to take your Private Pilot check ride.
Their ground and flight preparation training program is geared towards helping one obtain an FAA (USA) Private Pilot License.
Space & Light Yoga is conveniently located in R-evolution, a functional fitness centre at the VivoCity Skypark. With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbour, their studio provides a stunning view of Sentosa Island, and an inviting, light-filled space for your yoga practice.
Their experienced, highly-trained teachers instruct with precise attention to proper body alignment, allowing you to deepen your practice while minimising pain and injury.
Sweat it out with their hot classes in special infrared heated rooms to help you flush out toxins, burn calories and de-stress. Infrared heat also stimulates a deeper more satisfying sweat that revitalises rather than depletes.
With 3 large studios, they offer a variety of Regular, Hot, Private, Prenatal & Therapeutic classes to energise, challenge and uplift you. They also run workshops and a structured Teacher Training programme to deepen your practice and knowledge.
Mats are provided and their spacious changing rooms are fully-equipped with towels, lockers and shower amenities.
Recharge at the Juice bar & café after class with freshly blended juices and a tasty, healthy menu.
Legendary Hong Kong is set to blaze a trail where Hong Kong fare in Singapore is concerned. Hiring 8 established chefs in their own speciality from Hong Kong, Legendary Hong Kong is determined to give you the most authentic Hong Kong cuisine you can find on the island.
The restaurant’s unique charm is the 4 narrow entrances that mimic the narrow streets of Hong Kong. The four entrances correspond to each of the sub-themes that make up the restaurant: Roasted Meats, Noodles and Congee, Dim Sum and “Bing Sut”.
In the roasted meats section, you will find the exclusive “London Roast Duck”. Named after the city where people, especially Chinese people from the globe flock to in search of the “best duck in the world” because of its succulent flavor, Legendary Hong Kong has signed an exclusive deal with Silver Hill Farms, a premium duck farm where each duck sold is de-feathered by hand so as to ensure integrity of the quality of meat and no bruising. These ducks are sold to some of the best Chinese restaurants in Europe.
Their determination to provide as authentic an experience for you also extends to their drinks, with their Yin-Yeung Tea.