09 Oct '13, 5pm

Singapore’s airport: The secrets of Changri-la | The Economist

Singapore’s airport: The secrets of Changri-la | The Economist

WHICH is more exotic, the Tree Nymph or the Peacock Pansy? It’s not a question that many passengers get to contemplate as they slouch through the world’s airports—but they can at Changi, in Singapore. Indeed, no fewer than 47 species of Lepidoptera flutter around the visitor to the Butterfly Garden in Terminal Three. And if butterflies don’t lift the spirits, the sunflowers or orchid gardens might. With 51.2m passengers last year Changi came 15th in the ranking of the world's busiest airports, and seventh in terms of international travellers. More importantly perhaps, at least according to those millions of travellers who vote for these sorts of things, it seems to be the world’s favourite. Skytrax, an air-travel ratings agency, again pronounced Changi “best airport” earlier this year . The Airports Council International, probably the most prestigious arbiter of these matt...

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