Changi Airport Singapore 

Harry Potter casts a spell on fans at Changi Airport’s Wizarding World Holiday launch

SINGAPORE – Eight-year-old Euwan Lorena stared intently at the many shelves of Harry Potter merchandise in Changi Airport Terminal 3 on Friday (Nov 16), unable to decide what he wanted. Dressed in Gryffindor school robes from the popular book and movie series, the Primary 2 pupil finally decided on a stationery set with a Harry Potter-themed A4-sized notebook and pencils. “He really loves Harry Potter,” said the superfan’s mother, recruitment consultant Athlea Lorena, 43, noting that Euwan has watched all the Potter movies. “He had a Harry Potter-themed birthday party…

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Changi Airport 

Changi Airport bags best airport title for 6th year running in Skytrax survey

Changi Airport has been named the world’s best airport, for the sixth consecutive year, by more than 13 million travellers who took part in a global survey. It is the first time since the awards started in 1999 that any airport has achieved this, according to London-based research firm Skytrax which was behind the ranking. Changi Airport clinched the top spot this year ahead of South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, which took second prize, and Tokyo’s Haneda airport, which came in third. The Singapore airport also topped the list for best…

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News Singapore 

Changi Airport, STB and Qantas in $5 million initiative to grow air traffic through Singapore

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s airport and tourism authorities have partnered Australia’s Qantas in a $5 million marketing initiative to grow traffic to and through Singapore. The three-year Changi Airport Group (CAG), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Qantas partnership is the first of its kind with a foreign carrier, The Straits Times understands. Before this, the authorities have worked only with Singapore Airlines (SIA) on such projects. With the new tie-up, CAG, STB and Qantas will work together on a series of joint marketing campaigns in Australia, the United Kingdom and South-east Asia…

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Changi Airport Homeless Singapore 

3-generation family rejects shelter provided by authorities, ‘moves’ to Changi Airport instead

A three-generation family decided to ‘move’ to Changi Airport six days into their stay at a shelter. The family has stayed at the airport for two months and intends to spend the Lunar New Year there as well, albeit not being able to have a reunion dinner. Peng Hui Ying 45, told Lianhe Wanbao that since selling her flat off in 2016, she, her 74-year-old mother, and 13-year-old son have been moving between two-room rental flats. Due to the family owing rent, they were forced to move more than 10 times, reported Lianhe Wanbao. As her…

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Singapore Singapore Customs 

Woman arrested at Changi Airport for evading GST on branded goods purchased overseas

The handbags and accessories were worth more than S$11,000. (Photo: Singapore Customs/Facebook)  SINGAPORE: A 25-year-old Singaporean woman was arrested at Changi Airport for failing to declare branded handbags and accessories she had purchased overseas for Goods and Services Tax (GST) payment, Singapore Customs said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Jan 16). The woman, who had arrived on a flight from Paris last Friday (Jan 12), had her luggage checked when she attempted to exit through the customs green channel without declaring the goods. The handbags and accessories were worth more…

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News Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong 

Singapore to continue restructuring economy, investing in infrastructure in 2018: PM Lee

PM Lee wishing everyone a Happy New Year in a post on his Facebook page. (Photo: Ministry of Communications and Information)  SINGAPORE: Amid an uncertain external environment, Singapore must press on with plans to restructure its economy and invest in its infrastructure in 2018, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his New Year message on Sunday (Dec 31). This includes continuing to implement Industry Transformation Maps, and using SkillsFuture to inculcate lifelong learning and help workers to adapt and grow in new jobs, Mr Lee said. Healthcare facilities are also…

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Singapore ICA 

ICA officers at checkpoints to be given more powers under proposed amendment to Immigration Act

Security checks at the Woodlands Checkpoint. (File photo: Melissa Zhu) SINGAPORE: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers will have the authority to perform security screenings, carry out search and seizure duties and arrest people under a proposed amendment to the Immigration Act. Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo tabled the Immigration (Amendment) Bill in Parliament on Monday (Nov 6), which would allow ICA officers to carry out such duties within and in the vicinity of immigration checkpoints. Under the Integrated Checkpoints Command concept, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) would…

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Asia Singapore Singapore Airlanes 

Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 opens for business; smooth operations for first arriving and departing flights

SINGAPORE – Changi Airport’s newest terminal – T4 – started its first day of operations early Tuesday (Oct 31) morning, marking a critical milestone in Singapore’s aviation history. Airport operations went off without a hitch, with passengers for the first flight out to Hong Kong streaming in as early as 4am to the departure hall to use the self-check-in facilities. Airport staff were on hand to guide them through the process. The first arriving and departing flights at T4 were operated by Cathay Pacific – CX659 from Hong Kong arrived at…

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News Singapore Singapore Police 

‘Gunmen’, ‘bombers’ raid Changi Airport as agencies simulate response to terror attacks

Exercise Northstar being conducted at Changi Airport MRT Station on Oct 17, 2017. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan) Gunmen hold passengers hostage on the platform of Changi Airport MRT station during Exercise Northstar. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)SINGAPORE: As Singaporeans snoozed through the wee hours of Tuesday (Oct 17) morning, two masked gunmen stormed Changi Airport MRT Station. The rifle-wielding assailants got off the train before firing wildly at a platform full of waiting passengers, sparking a flurry of screams and scattered running. Gunmen hold passengers hostage on the platform of Changi Airport MRT station…

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Asia Changi Airport Singapore 

Woman jailed for trying to bribe ICA officer to allow her entry into Singapore

Photo: Reuters) SINGAPORE: A woman was sentenced to three months’ jail on Thursday (Oct 12) for trying to bribe an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer with S$200 at Changi Airport. Lin Xiurong, a Chinese national, had flown into Singapore from Thailand on Dec 5 last year. While she was being escorted to the Immigration Duty Officer counter for further questioning, she pulled out a stack of four S$50 notes and stuffed it into the ICA officer’s jacket pocket as a bribe to allow her entry into Singapore, said the Corrupt…

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