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Singapore Airlines To Use SGD 50 Million To Upgrade Changi Airport T3 Lounge

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Singapore Airlines will invest more than SGD 50 million in a major upgrade to the SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold Lounges at Changi Airport Terminal 3. The refurbishment will begin in August 2019 and is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

After the upgrade, the area size and reception capacity of Singapore Airlines lounges at Terminal 3 of Changi Airport will increase by 30%. The new lounge will be tailored to the needs and preferences of the passengers, offering more spacious open spaces, fully upgraded amenities and a variety of dining options. Singapore Airlines has teamed up with the renowned hotel design company Hirsch Bedner Associates to inject new energy into each lounge, creating a modern yet warm atmosphere with a classic elegance.

Designed to create the ultimate exclusive lounge experience, passengers in the Singapore Airlines First Class Suite and First Class will experience a new The Private Room and First Class Lounge, carefully designed for a gorgeous and intimate seating space that will satisfy both passengers’ need to work and rest. The flagship bar will still be a feature of the First Class Lounge, while the private lounge will offer a full-service, high-end fine dining area. The passenger’s enjoyment experience will be further enhanced, in addition to the fresh seasonal flavor, you can also enjoy popular local cuisine all year round.

In addition, the Singapore Airlines Business Class Lounge will be expanded and has four different areas to meet the diverse needs of passengers. Passengers with shorter transit times can enjoy delicious snacks in a relaxed and welcoming café, while time-honoured passengers can enjoy a wide selection of Asian and international cuisine at the restaurant, including local specialties produced on-site.

One of the highlights of the new Business Class Lounge is that there will be a full-service bar and it will also serve as a buffet breakfast area. For passengers who need to work in a private space, there will also be separate working spaces called Productivity pods that will help increase productivity. The chaise lounges in the rest area will be used for passengers to take a short nap before departures.

The reception capacity of the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge will be doubled, including a dedicated work area, as well as a spacious terrace seating area and dining area. The KrisFlyer Gold Lounge will also be equipped with a washroom and shower.

“With extensive research and feedback garnered from our customers, we have relooked and re-envisioned our customer journey to develop this new design concept for our lounges at T3. Keeping the needs and wants of our customers in mind, we aim to deliver an experience that exemplifies the luxury and warm hospitality that SIA is known for. The project is a key part of our commitment to constantly elevate the customer experience, on the ground as well as in the air, and we look forward to revealing the exciting new offerings as construction progresses,” said Senior Vice President Customer Services & Operations, Mr Marvin Tan.

Singapore Airlines Press Release

The upgrade will be carried out in four phases. During the period, all the lounges will be gradually divided into sections, first the business class lounge, then the first class lounge and The Private Room, and finally the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge. During the upgrade period, the relevant passengers will have access to the temporary lounge to ensure that they will not be affected.

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Emirates To Restart Flight To Muscat & Entebbe, Boosting Its Network To 94 Cities

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Emirates is planning to restart services to Entebbe, Uganda and Muscat, Oman from 1st & 2nd October respectively, this will bring the total number of cities served by Emirates to 94.

Emirates is gradually resuming more operations and rebuilding its route network to provide more transfer opportunities.


From 1st October, Emirates will operate flights to Entebbe with three weekly flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The addition of Entebbe expands Emirates’ African network to 20 destinations, enabling passengers to connect to other destinations with one transfer stop at the airline’s hub in Dubai.

Emirates flight EK 729 will depart Dubai at 1030hrs, arriving in Entebbe at 1500hrs. The return flight, EK 730, will depart Entebbe at 1700hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2325hrs.


From 2nd October, flights from Dubai to Muscat will operate twice a week on Sundays and Fridays.

Emirates flight EK 866 will depart Dubai at 0215hrs, arriving in Muscat at 0330hrs. The return flight, EK 867, will depart Muscat at 0440hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0555hrs.

Flights operated to both cities will be operated by Emirates Boeing 777- 300ER aircraft.

Currently, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.


Emirates has also committed to cover COVID-19 related medical expenses, free of charge, if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel while they are on a trip with Emirates.

This cover is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 December 2020. The assurance is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey.

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