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Changi Airport bestows top honours on airport community for service excellence

February 20, 2014 Airport No Comments Email Email

Changi Airport Group (CAG) bestowed top honours on members of the airport community for their outstanding service contributions in 2013 at its Annual Airport Celebration ceremony held at Raffles City Convention Centre today.
A total of 23 awards across five categories were presented to individuals and teams by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport. The categories are ‘Service Personality of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Service Staff’, ‘Outstanding Service Team’, ‘Outstanding Custodial Staff’ and ‘Service Partner of the Year’, the last an award for organisations.Changi Airport Annual Airport Celebration 2014

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group said, “Stalwarts in the airport community would remember that Changi Airport honoured its first ‘Personality of the Year’ award recipient in 1994, exactly 20 years ago. Since then, we have had the privilege of recognising an outstanding individual every year for his or her exceptional commitment to serving our passengers well. We are proud of this year’s recipient, Mdm Tan Beng Luan, who shows that helping and assisting others is very much part of her DNA.

“The aviation industry has undergone significant changes since the late 1980s; Changi Airport has also undergone several transformations. Despite increasing passenger traffic, rising to more than 53 million each year presently, the airport community continues to deliver the Changi Experience consistently. We thank the award recipients across all categories this year and also salute the tens of thousands of silent service heroes who have contributed tirelessly to making Changi Airport what it is today.”
Award recipients were selected based on the extent to which they had gone beyond the call of duty to assist passengers; their initiative, resourcefulness and creativity in handling a difficult situation; as well as passengers‟ feedback. The list of this year’s recipients is in Annex A.

Going beyond the call of duty

The recipient of the „Service Personality of the Year’ award is no stranger to exceptional service. Mdm Tan Beng Luan, Duty Manager of SATS Ltd, is receiving a top service award for the fifth time in her 33-year career in the aviation sector. In May last year, Mdm Tan extended her helping hand to a Polish family of three who were trying to make their way to Manila.

As the family had no accommodation, Mdm Tan opened up her home to them. She also provided them with suggestions on elsewhere in the region that they could proceed to for their holidays, knowing that they had saved up for this trip to Asia. And when the family was unable to secure flights back to Europe using their original airline staff tickets, Mdm Tan made the generous decision to purchase three one-way tickets for the family from her own pocket.

One of the family members, Ms Agnieszka, expressed her gratitude for Mdm Tan‟s kind assistance in a compliment letter upon her return home. She wrote: “Beng Luan Tan is the kindest and most helpful person I ever met in my life. She saved me and my family, when we were really in trouble; she is an absolute Angel and has a very good heart. My family is very grateful to her.”

Commitment to service excellence and staff development

For its commitment to service excellence and staff development, Certis CISCO Aviation Security (CAS) is presented this year‟s „Service Partner of the Year’ award. CAS manages a team of about 2,200 aviation security officers who perform various security, patrolling and screening functions across Changi Airport.

Over the past few years, CAS has consistently invested in customer-centric initiatives to uphold the passenger experience at Changi Airport, partnering CAG closely on service improvements through innovation, with close attention paid to enhancing the welfare of its staff.

For example, to improve the security screening experience for passengers, CAS introduced Airport Service Ambassadors and Service Operations Supervisors at the gate holdrooms in 2013. These personnel are trained to explain airline regulations to passengers, including policies on liquids, aerosols and gels. They are also trained on how to deal with passengers in different situations with the aim of solving issues for passengers with minimal disruption to their travel plans.

CAS also pays close attention to staff engagement and staff well-being. Through participation in Changi Airport‟s annual Employee Satisfaction Survey, CAS has been able to gain insights into the concerns of its employees. In mid-2013, with support from CAG, it also undertook a wage restructuring exercise for its staff. As a result, the overall salary packages of Auxiliary Police Officers increased by an average of 10% and that of the Aviation Security Officers increased by an average of 15%.

Please see Annex B for the citations for the ‘Service Personality of the Year’, ‘Service Partner of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Custodial Staff (Gold)’ award recipients.

Attention to employee satisfaction
Against a backdrop of tightening manpower supply in the service sectors, it is ever more important for employers to ensure that their staff are motivated and happy in their jobs, as only then will they be productive employees.

It is in this spirit that, since 2011, CAG has conducted the annual Changi Airport Employee Satisfaction Survey among staff of its partner organisations and vendors involved in airport operations to gain insights into the wellbeing of the airport community. CAG shares the survey results with the respective parties and works closely with them to improve the working conditions and well-being of their staff.

For example, on learning that airport staff preferred a private area to rest their feet and relax during their break times, CAG built staff lounges in the transit halls of all three terminals, so that airport staff can have a comfortable and quiet environment for rest, away from public view. These lounges come complete with essential amenities such as sofas, pantry and dining areas, and entertainment facilities such as TV and Internet stations.

From the surveys, airport agencies can also track their employees‟ engagement levels from year to year. In the 2013 survey, 15 out of 20 agencies showed improved scores compared to the previous year. This shows the commitment of the employers to make Changi Airport a great place to work for their staff.

Service excellence anchors Changi’s philosophy
In his address to the airport community at the award ceremony, Minister Lui said, “Since its opening in 1981, Changi Airport has done Singapore proud. Amongst its achievements, its performance in the 2013 Customer Satisfaction Index Singapore deserves special praise. Changi scored 85.5 points, a 12.7 point improvement over 2012. This is also the highest ever score in the Customer Index‟s history for any sector.”

With more than 450 awards under its belt since its opening, Changi Airport remains the most awarded airport in the world. In 2013 alone, Changi Airport garnered 30 “Best Airport” awards from various travel publications and aviation organisations.

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