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Singapore airport nature dome unveiled in fight for flights




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A 40-metre indoor cascading through a steel and glass dome is at the heart of a vast complex in Singapore’s main airport unveiled Thursday, part of the city-state’s fight for global flights.

Reportedly built for a cool Sg$1.7 billion ($1.25 billion), the “” centre has gardens growing over four storeys, as well as 280 retail and food outlets, a hotel and cinema. links to three of the airport’s terminals.

But analysts were sceptical the 135,700 square metre (1.4 million square feet) complex would be a hit with transiting passengers — immigration has to be cleared to reach it and already has high standard facilities.

As well as an attraction for visitors to Singapore, it is also billed as a destination in its own right for local residents.

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Jewel started welcoming a limited number of visitors this week, and will open fully to the next Wednesday.

It is part of efforts by Changi — the world’s seventh busiest airport for — to attract long-haul travellers over other hubs such as Hong Kong and Dubai.

“Passengers are spending a longer time as they transit through airports, which is the reason why there is a need for us to increase the amenities,” said Jayson Goh, a senior executive at .

But Brendan Sobie, chief analyst at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, said that Jewel would “primarily be used by local residents and some departing passengers”.

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“Attracting transit passengers is not realistic as they would need to clear immigration and there are so many great facilities (inside the airport) already that makes Changi a top transit airport,” he said.


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