Jewel Changi Airport opens in Singapore

Canopy Park is located at Jewel's topmost level. ST

Canopy Park is located at Jewel's topmost level. ST

The distinctive structure, designed by Moshe Safdie, includes 40m-tall indoor waterfall and 2,500 trees in addition to the hundreds of shops and eateries - all of it linked to three Changi Airport terminals.

A man in a chicken costume sits in mist inside Jewel Changi Airport.

Singapore, where its airport is a prime tourist attraction, has welcomed the public to its latest development called Jewel Changi Airport, a sprawling complex built to increase Changi's capacity, on 11 April.

Surrounding it are the manicured grounds of the Shiseido Forest Valley.

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The airport won't open until next week, but visitors saw a preview Thursday.

"The vision for Jewel Changi Airport is to be a destination where "The World meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the World", says Hung Jean, chief executive officer of Jewel Changi Airport Devt, "fulfilling the needs of increasingly discerning travellers, even for brief layovers". These are linked by travellators that are equipped with facilities where travelers can store their luggage 24/7. "It is a new landmark for the best airport in the world". Jewel is Changi doubling down on this strategy.

Mr. Jayson Goh Changi, Airport Group's (CAG) managing director for airport operations management added that with the demand for air travel in Asia and the competition among the airports are growing as well, "Jewel is a key part of Changi's strategy to improve the airport experience and grow traffic".

The highlight of the complex is a 40-metre indoor waterfall cascading through a steel and glass dome. Named Manulife Sky Nets, the attraction sports two different nets that allow visitors to take a walk or bounce from a height at Jewel's Canopy Park.

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