Singapore Airlines is gearing up to debut its fresh new-look Business Class lounge at Changi Airport – or at least, some sections of it. As part of a soft-opening phase, lounge-worthy passengers will be welcomed at the new space from 5am on Tuesday 23 November 2021. It’ll also be open round-the-clock again, after previously shutting at night.
The guest list includes lucky Aussie travellers who are visiting Singapore under the VTL and are flying Singapore Airlines back home to New South Wales or Victoria.
Who can access the new SilverKris lounge?
It’s important to note that the full SilverKris lounge complex won’t be open just yet – we expect that to happen in the first quarter of 2022. You’ll likely gain access to a completed portion of the Business Class lounge space, which may include the new signature bar.
The current temporary lounge, which will be used up to 22 November 2021, will become the future new KrisFlyer Gold lounge. This space should also re-open in early 2022, along with the main SilverKris lounges. We’ve indicated where these spaces are on the map below.
You’ll find the lounge in Terminal 3. After immigration, head left past the giant Louis Vuitton store (you can’t miss it) and head for the escalators. Continue left until you see the SilverKris lounge sign.
(Traditionally, the KrisFlyer Gold lounge – only found in Singapore – is for Economy or Premium Economy passengers with elite status. The SilverKris lounges in Singapore are the higher-spec spaces for Business and First Class passengers. But the other SilverKris lounges worldwide welcome both sets of passengers. Yes, it’s confusing.)
Temporary SilverKris Business Class lounge access
With the KrisFlyer Gold lounge not open just yet, the SilverKris lounge welcomes a wider range of travellers:
- Business Class passengers on Singapore Airlines or Star Alliance flights
- KrisFlyer Elite Gold, PPS Club and Star Alliance Gold members on the above flights
- Velocity Gold and Platinum members on the above flights
- Paid United Club or Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members
Travellers can bring in one guest, who must be travelling on a Singapore Airlines flight that same day.
Temporary SilverKris First Class lounge access
For now, there will also be a separate First Class section within the lounge, which welcomes:
- Suites and First Class passengers
- Solitaire PPS Club members departing on Singapore Airlines or Star Alliance flights
In both spaces, buffet food service is temporarily suspended due to COVID. You’ll be able to order meals via QR code or by seeing a lounge attendant inside.
A major refresh of Changi Terminal 3 lounges
It’s no easy feat renovating Singapore Airlines’ aging flagship lounges at Changi T3. Designed by US-based Hirsch Bedner Associates, the SGD$50 million redevelopment has been ongoing since August 2019. The airline expects to draw back the curtain on all the shiny new lounges by March 2022.
We’re prepared to be dazzled by four all-new spaces, catering for a variety of passengers. Every touch is simply oozing with sophistication, which is a stark contrast to the previous SilverKris lounges in Changi Terminals 2 and 3.
The revamped KrisFlyer Gold Lounge is home for elite status members travelling in Economy or Premium Economy, including Velocity Gold and Platinum members. It now boasts showers and toilets! (Our excitement says a lot about the state of the old KrisFlyer Gold lounge.)
Separate SilverKris lounges welcome Business and First Class passengers across Star Alliance. The Business Class lounge will feature new productivity pods, a rest area and a large dining space with live cooking stations. Finally, a reimagined ‘The Private Room’ caters exclusively for Singapore Airlines First Class and Suites passengers.
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It’s great to see Singapore Airlines is nearly ready to reveal its new swathe of SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold lounges at Changi Airport. We’re particularly excited to see what Singapore Airlines comes up with in its new ‘The Private Room’, for First Class and Suites passengers.
The near-three year renovation process has been delayed by COVID, but we’re sure the wait will be truly worth it. If you get to see Singapore Airlines’ new lounge next week, let us know in the comments below!