The first foundations for Singapore Changi Airport were laid in 1979. The first terminal to be built was Terminal 1

The first foundations for Singapore Changi Airport were laid 40 years ago in 1979.

To mark this milestone, it has released a series of fascinating images to show key moments in the development of the airport since the first day.

When the first terminal, Terminal 1, was opened in 1981, the airport was connected via 34 airlines to 70 cities and had a handling capacity of 30 million passengers a year. Today, Changi is connected to 380 cities by more than 120 airlines and has a total annual handling capacity of 85 million passengers per year at the four terminals. In 2018, the airport registered a total of 65.6 million passenger movements, an increase of 5.5 percent compared to the previous year.

Passengers nowadays always love traveling through Changi – and no wonder. It has an amazing range of functions. Fliers can relax in & # 39; the world's first butterfly garden at an airport, take a dip in the pool at Terminal 1 on the roof and admire the 40-meter-high Rain Vortex, & # 39; the world's highest indoor waterfall with the new development of Jewel.

Changi was recently named & # 39; the world's best airport during the Skytrax Awards for the seventh consecutive year and has won a total of 10 prizes.

Scroll down to see one of the most remarkable stories in the aviation world appear on photos & … 39 …

The first foundations for Singapore Changi Airport were laid in 1979. The first terminal to be built was Terminal 1

The first foundations for Singapore Changi Airport were laid in 1979. The first terminal to be built was Terminal 1

In 1981, two years after the first foundations were laid, Changi Airport was officially opened and saw the arrival of its very first commercial flight, Singapore Airlines & # 39; flight SQ101 from Kuala Lumpur (photo)

In 1981, two years after the first foundations were laid, Changi Airport was officially opened and saw the arrival of its very first commercial flight, Singapore Airlines & # 39; flight SQ101 from Kuala Lumpur (photo)

In 1981, two years after the first foundations were laid, Changi Airport was officially opened and saw the arrival of its very first commercial flight, Singapore Airlines & # 39; flight SQ101 from Kuala Lumpur (photo)

Business Traveler UK awarded Changi Airport the & # 39; Best Airport in the World & # 39; prize in 1988 - the first of many prizes Changi would receive. In 2019, Changi picked up his seventh consecutive World & # 39; s Best Airport award during the Skytrax Awards

Business Traveler UK awarded Changi Airport the & # 39; Best Airport in the World & # 39; prize in 1988 - the first of many prizes Changi would receive. In 2019, Changi picked up his seventh consecutive World & # 39; s Best Airport award during the Skytrax Awards

Business Traveler UK awarded Changi Airport the & # 39; Best Airport in the World & # 39; prize in 1988 – the first of many prizes Changi would receive. In 2019, Changi picked up his seventh consecutive World & # 39; s Best Airport award during the Skytrax Awards

After nearly five years of construction, Terminal 2 at Changi Airport opened in 1990, connecting Singapore with 52 countries

After nearly five years of construction, Terminal 2 at Changi Airport opened in 1990, connecting Singapore with 52 countries

After nearly five years of construction, Terminal 2 at Changi Airport opened in 1990, connecting Singapore with 52 countries

In 1995 the airport opened a great swimming pool on the roof of Terminal 1. The swimming pool is still used by passengers and is part of the Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel in Changi

In 1995 the airport opened a great swimming pool on the roof of Terminal 1. The swimming pool is still used by passengers and is part of the Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel in Changi

In 1995 the airport opened a great swimming pool on the roof of Terminal 1. The swimming pool is still used by passengers and is part of the Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel in Changi

In 2007, Changi Airport made aviation history when & # 39; the world's first Airbus A380 commercial flight (photo), operated by Singapore Airlines, departed from Singapore to Sydney. The flight lasted seven hours and there were 455 passengers and 30 crew members on board. Passengers purchased seats for the flight in a charity online auction, some of which paid up to $ 100,380 (£ 80,000)

In 2007, Changi Airport made aviation history when & # 39; the world's first Airbus A380 commercial flight (photo), operated by Singapore Airlines, departed from Singapore to Sydney. The flight lasted seven hours and there were 455 passengers and 30 crew members on board. Passengers purchased seats for the flight in a charity online auction, some of which paid up to $ 100,380 (£ 80,000)

In 2007, Changi Airport made aviation history when & # 39; the world's first Airbus A380 commercial flight (photo), operated by Singapore Airlines, departed from Singapore to Sydney. The flight lasted seven hours and there were 455 passengers and 30 crew members on board. Passengers purchased seats for the flight in a charity online auction, some of which paid up to $ 100,380 (£ 80,000)

In 2008, & # 39; the world's first butterfly garden was opened at an airport in Changi. It is located in Terminal 3 on the west side of the airport. The garden has a cave waterfall of six meters long and offers shelter to more than 1,000 tropical butterflies of 40 species

In 2008, & # 39; the world's first butterfly garden was opened at an airport in Changi. It is located in Terminal 3 on the west side of the airport. The garden has a cave waterfall of six meters long and offers shelter to more than 1,000 tropical butterflies of 40 species

In 2008, & # 39; the world's first butterfly garden was opened at an airport in Changi. It is located in Terminal 3 on the west side of the airport. The garden has a cave waterfall of six meters long and offers shelter to more than 1,000 tropical butterflies of 40 species

The & # 39; Be a Changi Millionaire & # 39; promotion launched in 2010 that gives travelers spending a minimum amount to Changi's stores a chance to win S $ 1 million (£ 587,000). Depicted is one of the winners, passenger Ivan Rantung. In the same year, The Slide @ T3, the highest slide in Singapore and & # 39; opened the world's highest slide. It stands on four floors. In this year, Changi Airport celebrated for the first time reaching 40 million passengers in a year

The & # 39; Be a Changi Millionaire & # 39; promotion launched in 2010 that gives travelers spending a minimum amount to Changi's stores a chance to win S $ 1 million (£ 587,000). Depicted is one of the winners, passenger Ivan Rantung. In the same year, The Slide @ T3, the highest slide in Singapore and & # 39; opened the world's highest slide. It stands on four floors. In this year, Changi Airport celebrated for the first time reaching 40 million passengers in a year

The & # 39; Be a Changi Millionaire & # 39; promotion launched in 2010 that gives travelers spending a minimum amount to Changi's stores a chance to win S $ 1 million (£ 587,000). Depicted is one of the winners, passenger Ivan Rantung. In the same year, The Slide @ T3, the highest slide in Singapore and & # 39; opened the world's highest slide. It stands on four floors. In this year, Changi Airport celebrated for the first time reaching 40 million passengers in a year

Changi unveiled his first interactive installation in 2013 - the nearly nine-meter high (29ft) & # 39; Social Tree & # 39 ;. The installation allows passengers to share photos & # 39; s and videos & # 39; s from the airport for its memory capsule. It is composed of 64 high-definition, 42-inch screens and the crown of the tree offers a 360-degree display of various animated backgrounds, including a mystical forest and the Singapore skyline

Changi unveiled his first interactive installation in 2013 - the nearly nine-meter high (29ft) & # 39; Social Tree & # 39 ;. The installation allows passengers to share photos & # 39; s and videos & # 39; s from the airport for its memory capsule. It is composed of 64 high-definition, 42-inch screens and the crown of the tree offers a 360-degree display of various animated backgrounds, including a mystical forest and the Singapore skyline

Changi unveiled his first interactive installation in 2013 – the nearly nine-meter high (29ft) & # 39; Social Tree & # 39 ;. The installation allows passengers to share photos & # 39; s and videos & # 39; s from the airport for its memory capsule. It is composed of 64 high-definition, 42-inch screens and the crown of the tree offers a 360-degree display of various animated backgrounds, including a mystical forest and the Singapore skyline

A version of the famous Raffles Hotel's Long Bar came to Changi Airport in 2015, where free cocktails, including Singapore Slings, are served to passengers. The bar is located in Terminal 3 in & # 39; the world's first DFS Duplex Store at an airport, designed by award-winning interior designer Masamichi Katayama

A version of the famous Raffles Hotel's Long Bar came to Changi Airport in 2015, where free cocktails, including Singapore Slings, are served to passengers. The bar is located in Terminal 3 in & # 39; the world's first DFS Duplex Store at an airport, designed by award-winning interior designer Masamichi Katayama

A version of the famous Raffles Hotel's Long Bar came to Changi Airport in 2015, where free cocktails, including Singapore Slings, are served to passengers. The bar is located in Terminal 3 in & # 39; the world's first DFS Duplex Store at an airport, designed by award-winning interior designer Masamichi Katayama

In 2017, Terminal 4 was officially opened on the south side of Changi Airport. It increased the capacity of the airport by a further 16 million passengers per year, bringing the total to 82 million passengers per year

In 2017, Terminal 4 was officially opened on the south side of Changi Airport. It increased the capacity of the airport by a further 16 million passengers per year, bringing the total to 82 million passengers per year

In 2017, Terminal 4 was officially opened on the south side of Changi Airport. It increased the capacity of the airport by a further 16 million passengers per year, bringing the total to 82 million passengers per year

Changi made more aviation history in 2018 when & # 39; the world's longest non-stop flight, operated by Singapore Airlines, left Singapore for New York. The flight (photo) used the long-distance Airbus A350-900ULR, which was configured to carry 161 passengers - 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy with extra legroom. The flight lasted almost 19 hours and covered 10,400 miles

Changi made more aviation history in 2018 when & # 39; the world's longest non-stop flight, operated by Singapore Airlines, left Singapore for New York. The flight (photo) used the long-distance Airbus A350-900ULR, which was configured to carry 161 passengers - 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy with extra legroom. The flight lasted almost 19 hours and covered 10,400 miles

Changi made more aviation history in 2018 when & # 39; the world's longest non-stop flight, operated by Singapore Airlines, left Singapore for New York. The flight (photo) used the long-distance Airbus A350-900ULR, which was configured to carry 161 passengers – 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy with extra legroom. The flight lasted almost 19 hours and covered 10,400 miles

This year the Jewel Changi Airport complex opened, which is described as a multi-dimensional lifestyle destination with airport facilities & # 39 ;. It was designed by the leading architect Moshe Safdie and costs £ 950 million to build. It features & # 39; the world's highest indoor waterfall, the Rain Vortex, which stands at 44 meters (144ft)

This year the Jewel Changi Airport complex opened, which is described as a multi-dimensional lifestyle destination with airport facilities & # 39 ;. It was designed by the leading architect Moshe Safdie and costs £ 950 million to build. It features & # 39; the world's highest indoor waterfall, the Rain Vortex, which stands at 44 meters (144ft)

This year the Jewel Changi Airport complex opened, which is described as a multi-dimensional lifestyle destination with airport facilities & # 39 ;. It was designed by the leading architect Moshe Safdie and costs £ 950 million to build. It features & # 39; the world's highest indoor waterfall, the Rain Vortex, which stands at 44 meters (144ft)

The development of Jewel capacity at Terminal 1 increased by three million passengers per year to 85 million. Jewel has an indoor forest (pictured) and a wide range of family-friendly attractions in the Canopy Park

The development of Jewel capacity at Terminal 1 increased by three million passengers per year to 85 million. Jewel has an indoor forest (pictured) and a wide range of family-friendly attractions in the Canopy Park

The development of Jewel capacity at Terminal 1 increased by three million passengers per year to 85 million. Jewel has an indoor forest (pictured) and a wide range of family-friendly attractions in the Canopy Park

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