Singapore announces opening date for long-awaited Jewel Changi Airport

The wait is finally over for travelers who frequently fly into Singapore’s Changi Airport.

More than five years since revealing plans for the airport’s stunning new addition, officials have announced that the “Jewel Changi Airport” complex will open to the public on April 17.

With its “delicate” latticework of glass panels framed in steel, the distinctive doughnut-shaped Jewel is first and foremost a central hub, connecting three of Changi Airport’s current four terminals.

But it’s also potentially a destination in its own right, featuring a large mall to entice locals and visitors alike.

Conceived by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie as a new “magical garden,” Jewel Changi Airport is over 1.4 million square feet (130,000 square meters) and cost a reported SGD$1.7 billion (about US$1.25 billion) to build.

It will have a total of 10 stories — five above ground and five below — filled with various attractions, gardens, 280 retail and F and B outlets and a 130-cabin YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport hotel. Passengers will also be able to access early check-in facilities.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the project is the Rain Vortex. At over 130 feet high, it’s the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Source: Civil Aviation Authority