I'm after a bit of advice for spending time in Singapore airport.
My sister and I land in Singapore from the Philippines at 21:50 on a Friday evening. My sister is flying home to the UK at 23:20 that evening, and my husband is arriving from the UK at 7:45am the next morning (Saturday).
I would like to see my sister off on her flight but I am not sure if I should get my luggage before and put it in a locker or wait until after to collect it? I'm not sure how long it stays on the carosels after the plane lands or if I collect it, if I will be able to go back in to see my sister off if I have already been through customs/immegration etc
I am thinking of staying at the airport to meet my husband instead of going ahead to the hotel after this, toying with the idea of booking into the hotel, but I've seen the options of rest lounges, movies and internet so I could just as easily amuse myself without it...again, would use a luggage locker if possible.
Any help/advice would be appreciated
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 26, 2007, at 6:15 AM by batfink ]
I would be concerned about leaving luggage on the carousel - especially in light of security world wide - why dont you ring your airline and ask their advice on this matter?
If your sister is in transit in Singapore you will be in the same terminal and it is very easy to navigate around so there shouldnt be great distances to get around.
There is LOTS to do in Changi airport - it is possibly the best airport in the world (IMHO!) - from massage areas, to great shopping, tv lounges, places to eat - there is a roof top pool area and a transit hotel to grab a few hours sleep if required!
Good luck with it all!
If you fancy.
No way you can leave your luggage on the belt. It will be removed and probably be with the lost and found. I'm not sure if there are any places for you to store your luggage but you can always check with the information counter.
I seriously think that you can afford to get out of the airport, check into the hotel and have a good rest before receiving your husband at the airport again. Unless your hotel hotel is in the far west of Singapore, you can easily get to the airport in a taxi within 30 minutes (provided the road is not busy in the morning).
I'm not sure if you'll be able to stay with your sister if she's 'in transit' and you're not. Certainly if you go through immigration, you won't be able to go back, but you must get your bags, so it's a problem.
I would agree that Changi is the best airport in the world, plenty to do. Having said that, it is easy to get into town - a LOT cheaper on the MTR than the taxi! And the terminal is in the airport. I'm not sure you'd get much sleep though if you wanted to be back for 7:30 ish.
Don't do immigration and customs. Stay in transit area so that you can see off your sister at23:20 (you both arrive at 21:50hrs).There is hardly 45mnts between your arrival and dep.of your sister.
(remember it takes some time for the aircraft to come to the terminal and for you to come out of the aircraft assuming your flight is on time and also remember that you sister has to board the aircraft may be around 23:00hrs).
After seeing off your sister, you can do immigration and collect your baggage.There is nothing to worry about the baggage because the time difference between your arrival and immigration check is not that big. Your baggae will be either still on the carasoles or kept near or moved to some area for safe keeping. If you don't find it then you can ask some one in charge of the baggage who will identify your baggage.I had this experience in Bangkok airport absolutely without any problem.
Ofcourse, for safety's sake, you can ask information centre in changi airport after seeing off your sister.
Now you have two options:
one:There IS a baggage keeping area in Changi airport and deposit your baggae and locate an airport hotel or a rest room where you can sleep and receive your husband in the morning.
two: take your baggage and check into a city hotel and return in the morning to receive your husband. The taxi takes about 30mnts from the city to Changi airport.
I see that you've already been in the Philippines. If I'm not mistaken you were the one who was volunteering in Tacloban?
Going back to your question, I think the safest thing to do is to get your bag from the carousel. The other posters are right, airport personnel might put it in the lost and found and so it will be harder to redeem. I believe they do that, because they use the carousel for luggages of other incoming flights.
I'm not sure about seeing off your sister. At first I thought that wouldn't be a problem, but then again she's a transit passenger and so she's already past the security checks.
Hope everything works well!
What airlines are both of you flying? You might NOT be in the same terminal -- Singapore Changi Airport has THREE terminals!
Thanks for all your replies - we will definitely all be leaving /arriving from the same terminal so that is one problem out of the way!
I am leaning towards this plan:
- seeing sister to departure gate for her flight
- getting luggage
- changing existing hotel booking to include one night earlier and going there via taxi
- coming back in the morning via MRT
- back to hotel with husband and his luggage via taxi
Sorted. (provided hotel isn't booked up!)
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 20, 2007, at 5:01 AM by batfink ]