Singapore Changi Airport handled 62 Million Passengers in 2017 and is one of Asias biggest airports. Changi Airport is a hub for Jetstar Asia Airlines, Scoot, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines. The airport is expanding very fast and a new terminal 5 and two runways are beeing build on the former military part.The Airport is served by airlines from the most parts of the world except South America. The main targets are in Asia and Europe. The airport is also served by all major cargo airlines to desitinations all around the globe. The airlines handles a couple of different Airbus A380 a day including Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Lufthansa.
Written by Patrick Weis, Marcus, Ho Zong Xi (spot #6), Thomas Okaty, Stephan Weidenhiller / Last update April 2019
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|4.000 m (13.123ft)||4.000 m (13.123ft)||2.750 m (9.022 ft)|
|Military runway (no spotting possible)|
|Spotting Information||Ladder||Not necessary as it’s not allowed to stand at the fence|
|Car||Most of the spots can be reached by train and/or bus. A good alternative is taking a taxi or a “Grab” (similar as Uber or Lyft in the USA) as this will get you right to your desired spotting location hassle-free. Both are affordable, but Grab is usually slightly cheaper, just download the App on your smartphone (Apple or Android). The app is free of charge and is pretty much self-explanatory and you don’t necessarily need to communicate with the driver, however, most taxi and Grab drivers sufficiently speak and understand English.|
|Restrooms||There is a public toilet at the Beach and in the Terminal|
|Drinks/Food||Take drinks and snacks with you at the moring spot. At the terminal and at the afthernoon beach spot there is a restaurant|
|Hotels||The are a few Hotels arround the Airport but they are very expensive.|
|Season||The best month to travel are February to September. You can go here the whole year round but it rains more from Oktober – January|
|Runway Usage||02L/20R||Normally 02L/20R is in use for landing|
|02C/20C||Normally 02C/20C is in use for depature|
|Spot #1 – Morning 20R|
|WHERE||This spot is located at a bus stop between the ferry terminal and the Changi Beach on the morning side of the Airport. Bus stops, ferry terminal and parking are directly at this location.|
|WHAT||You will get most of the traffic on arival into Singapore|
|TIME||Best light conditions in the winter are from sunrise till 11:00|
|MISC.||There is a rubbish bin and a bench at the spot. Restaurant/Supermarket/toilet at spot #2.|
|Spot #2 – Afthernoon 20R|
|WHERE||This spot is located at the Changi Beach near the restaurant at the beach. Depends where you spot the angle is different. Bus stops, ferry terminal and parking are directly at this location.|
|WHAT||This spot is good for Aircrafts arriving into Runway 20R|
|TIME||Best light conditions are from 14:00 to sunset|
|MISC.||There is a restaurant, a supermarket, public toilets and benches. Along the pedestrian/bike path there are a few places to sit that have a roof to protect you from sun or rain. From there you can still take pictures.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||100-400 mm|
|Spot #3 – Afthernoon 02L|
|WHERE||This spot is located in the Changi Buisness Park Central Road. From MTR “Tanah Merah” take bus 47 or from MTR “Expo” take bus 47 or 118 to Changi Business Park Bus Terminal. From there it is just a short walk to find your preferred location. There are several places to be in the shade. In case of a rain shower find a shelter at the bus terminal. You can also walk up the Changi South Ave 1 until you’re at the Changi Buisness Park Central Road. Turn right and choose you’re position for spotting the planes|
|WHAT||From this spot you can take all plane movements arriving on 02L|
|TIME||Best light conditions are from 14:00 till sunset|
|MISC.||Beware of the traffic here! No facilities and food stores at the spot. Take everything with you. At MTR “Expo” a shopping mall with a supermarket and food court is open all day. Several small local restaurants offering good and cheap food. A McDonald’s can be found there as well.|
|Spot #4 – Terminal 1 Viewing Mall|
|WHERE||This spot is located landside at terminal 1. Once you have arrived at the terminal, go to the center of the terminal and take the escalator (right behind the information desk) up to level 3. Then keep to the left and follow the signs to the Viewing Mall.|
|WHAT||From this spot you can take many planes taxiing to and from the runways or from and to Terminal 1. The best view is through the emergency exit windows as these are not tinted. A lot of heat haze here!|
|TIME||Best light conditions are from 11:00 till sunset depends which acitivities.|
|MISC.||Everything you need is in the terminal. Mind that in/near the viewing mall is also a kids playground so be prepared for kids noise.|
|Spot #5 – Crown Plaza Changi Airport Hotel|
|WHERE||The hotel is located next to Terminal 3. Follow the signs inside the building to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Ask for a runway view room on a high floor. You can also book it directly on the hotel website. Or take a cheaper room and walk to the open bridges on the 9th floor to take your pictures (see pic below). Rooms are from 180 SGD. Before reservation apply for IHG Rewards membership to get discount and late check out.|
|WHAT||From this spot you can take all plane movements on Runway 02L/20R and everything taxying in front of you. Pictures can be taken from the room through tinted glass or from an outside bridge on each floor.|
|TIME||Best light conditions are from sunrise till 12:00 depends if runway or taxiing. Also night shots are possible.|
|MISC.||All you need is in the Terminal.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||100-400 mm|
|Spot #6 – Terminal 4 car park 4A|
|WHERE||The location is on the top floor of the terminal car park 4A at the east-southernmost corner. The gap you can photograph is very tiny and its just between the end of pier of the terminal and the beginning of the golf course.|
Don´t to go too close to the edge of the carpark as there is an Aetos Auxiliary Police cabin at the bottom of the location and that spotters are adviced to stay out of sight of the auxiliary police officers who regularly come out to operate the vehicular gate.
Update JAN 2019 by local spotters:
There have been recent cases of people entering restricted areas of carparks and doing dangerous things at the carpark (see this instagram photo). Many of these actions has triggered the Airport Police to respond to them and Airport Police may have stepped up patrolling in the carpark. Many spotters have been questioned while spotting and asked to leave the spot.
That’s why we can’t recommend this spot for our hobby anymore until further updates.
|WHAT||Spotting of aircraft taxiing towards, arriving and departing on runway 2C and heavies departing from runway 20C.|
You have just 1-2 seconds to photograph aircraft on the ground. There are some trees from the golf course that disturb the view, especially heavy aircraft on the taxiway can´t be photographed, just single aisles up to a A321/739. Its better to photograph heavies on the runway and not the taxiway (see SQ A330 sample below).
|TIME||Best light conditions are from 14:00 till sunset. Heat can be an issue for those on the runway.|
|MISC.||All you need is in the terminal.|
Planespotting is not prohibited at that location and some officers are fine whereas some may contact the Airport Police Department who may come to chase away the spotters. Spotters are also adviced to not to leave their belongings (eg. Bags or equipment) unattended as that could easily lead to an unattended belongings case which may summon the Airport Police.
|Spot #7 – 02 L arrivals morning|
There is a small strip of grass between trees and the fence to the “National Service Resort and Country Club”, which you should also use as destination for the taxi to go there. The gate guards of the golf club will also be happy to call you a taxi when you have finished your work. Travel time from/to airport or MRT Expo is about 10 minutes by taxi.
|WHAT||All arrivals for Runway 02L during the morning hours|
|TIME||From sunrise to 12:00 p.m.|
|MISC.||No facilities at this spot.|