What You Need To Know About Flying From Seletar Airport


Syahirah Mazlan •  Jun 22, 2022

Did you know that Singapore has multiple airports? One of which is Seletar Airport, a civilian international airport serving the northeast region of Singapore. After being closed temporarily in the height of Covid, the airport has now reopened and is fully operational! ? While it may not have the same facilities as the world-famous Changi Airport, there definitely are many perks to catching a flight from Seletar Airport too. If you’re curious, then here’s what you need to know!

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1. Why is Seletar Airport so secluded?

Credit: Changi Airport

You might be thinking, “I’ve never thought about flying from Seletar Airport!” It’s true that it isn’t the most conventional airport of choice when it comes to travelling. This misconception exists because Seletar Airport is located on a secluded road next to the Seletar Expressway (SLE). It’s a place you wouldn’t expect to have planes take off and land either, considering the amount of greenery and tall trees surrounding the airport.

A little history on Seletar Airport and why it was built in such a location goes like this - it was built in 1929 and completed by the British just before the Second World War, when it served as a military base. Now it’s open for commercial flights and is accessible to the common folk.

2. It’s managed by Changi Airport Group (CAG)

Credit: Changi Airport

If you think these two airports are rivals, think again! ? They’re actually run by the same people who run and manage Changi Airport. What that means is that there aren’t really many disadvantages to how this airport operates. In fact, you’ll see that the interior and signages are eerily similar to what you may be familiar with. You won’t have to worry about getting a culture shock, that’s for sure!

3. Avoid the crowd

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Let’s be honest, this would probably be one of the main reasons you would fly out of Seletar Airport. ? Seletar Airport is definitely a lot less crowded than Changi Airport on regular days! You won’t have to queue for long before your flight. The airport doesn’t expect even a fraction of passengers that Changi does a year. So, if you’re looking to skip the line, and avoid the crowd, you should consider booking a flight out of Seletar.

4. There aren’t many flight options available

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As with smaller airports, your options of courier are very limited. The only passenger planes you can expect to book tickets for is Firefly, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (which flies to smaller airports in Malaysia). As of June 2022, Firefly will now operate two return flights a day between Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Malaysia, and Seletar Airport. Prior to Covid, the flight used to make six flights out a day towards Malaysia. 

Firefly travellers voyaging to and from Seletar Airport terminal will get a 20kg complimentary baggage allowance, quick check-in, boarding, and complimentary in-flight refreshments on board.

5. Not as glamorous as you would imagine

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Even though it sounds like an overall convenient experience, due to the limited options in commercial flights that fly out of Seletar, your flight might not be as what you expected. ? The type of plane is known as a twin-engine turboprop, a propellered aircraft - so it may be a little bit louder than what you’re used to. 

This airport was mainly utilised for private jets and charter flights during the height of Covid. But now that the situation has eased, you can enjoy fuss-free flights out of Seletar Airport if you want to experience an unconventional airport experience. Definitely make sure you weigh out the pros and cons before booking your flight! ?