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Changi’s double size

In News Reports, Writing on July 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

I don’t  know about you but I did a double-take (raised eyebrows included) when I read ST’s front page headline: Land for Changi to double size. Immediately I thought more reclamation works would  be done for the eastern part of Singapore and my next thought, wow, McDonald’s up size my meal has really caught on!

I suppose when someone says Changi, you know immediately that it’s about the airport? I’m not sure. There are so many foreigners here as well and Changi is a place. Wouldn’t it better to say its the airport since we only have one? And is it natural to read “double” as verb? Seems to me it should just read Airport land to expand. Anyway, minor point.

I couldn’t understand the point about increased number  of flights outpacing percentage increase in passenger traffic. So it’s14.5 per cent more flights last year against, say, a corresponding 10 per cent rise in passenger numbers…? I’m a bit dumb but what does this signify?  That planes not carrying enough passengers? Sigh. Too hard for me to work the maths….

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  1. Great observation!

  2. With regards to your comment on why can’t they just call it the airport since there’s only one: actually, no, since there is a second civilian airport, Seletar Airport. However, they should have used Changi Airport instead.

  3. Shouldn’t it be “double in size”?

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