It’s been what, three whole months since we wrote about an improvement to Singapore’s beloved Changi Airport, jewel of the aviation world and best damn airport on the planet earth?
Rest easy, Singaporeans, the wait is over.
In a press statement released yesterday, Singapore Airlines (SIA) unveiled plans to spend more than SG$50 million to revamp its flagship SilverKris and KrisFlyer lounges inside Terminal 3 of Changi Airport. The upgrades will aim for a look that’s “modern yet homely,” which is what our Aunt Sylvia used to call us at family dinners (we’re still recovering).
The renovations are expected to commence in August, with work completed by mid-2021.
“The new lounges will offer more generous open spaces, upgraded facilities and a wide array of F&B selections, all tailored to the needs and preferences of our customers,” SIA’s statement reads.
Hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, which was behind the design of the landmark Marina Bay Sands, has also been commissioned to “inject a fresh look.”
Singapore’s flag carrier airline also announced plans to expand the business class lounge to include a café, dining hall, full-service bar that doubles as a self-service breakfast station, “productivity pods” for work, and chaise lounges.
First Class customers, meanwhile, will get a new fine dining section and a bar of their own within the lounge.
The Krisflyer Gold lounges, accessible only by — you guessed it — Krisflyer Gold members, will double in size, with planned dedicated work spaces, large al fresco dining areas, and restrooms and showers for freshening up.
This is the second major revamp in Terminal 3’s 11-year history. Earlier this year, basement two of the terminal was upgraded to include a new community event space, an indoor garden, and a sprinkle of new shops and restaurants.