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Where to fly from Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport is the main airport of Singapore. It's located in the Changi area of Tampines, in the east of Singapore. The airport has four terminals and operates a total of 78 air bridges to serve over 53 million passengers annually. It serves as an Asian hub for low-cost carrier AirAsia, full service airlines SilkAir and Singapore Airlines, as well as regional 'flag carriers' Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways International.


Changi Airport's history dates back to 1940 when it was opened as RAF Station Sembawang, serving as a British airfield during World War II. In 1947, the site passed into military hands, and was renamed RAAF Station Changi at the end of that year. It was the first airport in Singapore and remained so until 1946 when it became an RAF base again until 1971. It then became an RAF base until 1957 when Singapore gained independence from Britain and ownership of all military facilities were passed over to Singaporean control.

After the Japanese Occupation of Singapore ended in 1945, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) resumed control over all military facilities in Singapore. As part of their reoccupation efforts, the RAF began construction on a new airfield in the eastern part of Singapore Island near Changi Village. 

The site was chosen because its location allowed for greater protection from air attacks compared to RAF Tengah which had been bombed by the Japanese during World War II. The first stage of construction took two years and was completed in September 1947 when No. 112 Squadron RAF moved into Changi Air Base from Tengah Air Base.The current Changi Airport started its operations in 1981 after being upgraded from a military facility into a civil one.


The name Changi was derived from the orchid plant named Changi, which grew in abundance in the area. The orchid is native to Singapore and has been known as "The Queen of the Night" since ancient times, due to its striking purple colours that bloom at night. In China, this particular variety of orchid is considered a symbol of good luck.


Changi Airport has three terminals: Terminal 1 (T1), Terminal 2 (T2) and Terminal 3 (T3). T1 houses all airlines except for those flying on long-haul flights such as Air Canada/Air Transat and Qantas Airways; these are instead located at T2 & T3 respectively. Being a budget traveller myself, I have personally used the T1 Terminal at Changi Airport. This terminal is designed in such a way that it can be easily navigated using signs and maps. However, if you are travelling alone or with your family and friends then I would highly recommend booking an airport transfer service Singapore instead of taking the public transportation system from the city centre to the airport.

Most popular non-stop flights from Singapore Changi Airport

For the full list of airlines, see the website of the airport. The list is subject to change without notice. 

Popular airlines flying out from Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Airlines

The national carrier of Singapore is one of the most popular airlines in the world. It has been voted as "World's Best Airline" for many years and it also has won numerous awards for its customer service. The airline operates flights to over 100 destinations worldwide including Australia, China, India and Japan.

Air New Zealand

Another popular airline flying out from Singapore Changi Airport is Air New Zealand which flies to North America (USA), South America (Brazil), Asia Pacific region including Australia/New Zealand etc., Africa (Namibia) and Europe (UK). The airline offers flights on its own aircraft as well as codeshares with other carriers such as Cathay Pacific Airways or Qantas Airways if you want to travel further away from your home country but don't want anything complicated in terms of booking tickets etc.

The airline has won numerous awards including being voted as the Airline of the Year by the readers' poll in Travel In Style magazine, Best Cabin Crew at the World Airline Awards and most recently it received the prestigious Skytrax World's Best Economy Class award.

Virgin Australia 

Virgin Australia was the first airline to launch direct flights between Singapore and Australia back in 2007 and it continues to be a popular choice for travelers flying between these two countries. The airline flies over 6 million passengers each year between Singapore and Australia, which is why it's often called "The Great Aussie Airliner".

Virgin Australia is the second largest airline in Australia and flies to over 20 destinations from its hubs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The airline has won numerous awards, including being voted as the Airline of the Year by the readers' poll in Travel In Style magazine. It also received the prestigious Skytrax World's Best Economy Class award in 2013. Virgin Australia is known for its excellent service and friendly staff who go out of their way to make passengers feel at home on board.

It's easy to see why so many people travel with Virgin Australia. The airline is a great choice for anyone who wants to travel between Singapore and Australia and it's definitely worth checking out if you're planning a trip in the near future.

Air Asia

AirAsia is an international budget airline based in Malaysia. Its operations include scheduled and non-scheduled air transportation, as well as charter flights. AirAsia Group operates several affiliate airlines under the brand name of "AirAsia," including Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia and Philippines AirAsia.

AirAsia was established on 28 November 1993 as Awani Airlines Sdn Bhd (now known as AirAsia Berhad), operating charter services in Malaysia under the brand name 'Awani'. The first flight was from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Langkawi International Airport (LGK), which is about an hour's drive away. In early 1995 Awani Airlines incorporated a new subsidiary company called 'AirAsia', which began serving domestic routes within Peninsular Malaysia from 1 March 1996.

AirAsia then grew rapidly during the late 1990s by focusing on low-cost short-haul flights run out of Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport near Jalan Sultan Ismail, such as Kuala Lumpur-Singapore; Johor Bahru-Singapore; Penang Island-Hat Yai; Kuching International Airport,-Singapore etc.. By 2001 it had become Southeast Asia's largest low cost airline.

Singapore Changi Airport is a popular airport for travelers, with its efficient facilities and convenient location. It is also one of the busiest airports in the world, handling more than 100 million passengers each year. If you're planning on flying from Singapore Changi Airport or have already booked your ticket then make sure that you know all about this famous destination by reading our article today!