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From the first foundations in 1979 to an indoor waterfall and an outdoor pool in 2019: Fascinating images show the transformation of the world's best airport over four decades

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

To mark this milestone, it has released a set of fascinating images to show significant moments in the airport's development, since day one.

When its first terminal opened in 1981 - Terminal 1 - the airport was connected to 70 cities via 34 airlines and had a handling capacity of 30million passengers per annum. Today, Changi is connected to 380 cities by over 120 airlines and has a total annual handling capacity of 85million passengers per year across its four terminals. In 2018, the airport recorded a total of 65.6million passenger movements, a 5.5 per cent increase from the previous year.

Passengers today always love travelling through Changi - and no wonder. It has a stunning array of features. Fliers can relax in the world’s first butterfly garden at an airport, take a dip in Terminal 1's rooftop pool and admire the 40-metre high Rain Vortex, the world's tallest indoor waterfall at the new Jewel development.

Changi was recently voted the World’s Best Airport for the seventh consecutive year at the Skytrax Awards and has won the accolade a total of 10 times.

Scroll down to see one of the most remarkable stories in the aviation world unfold in pictures...

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