Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013 – Trip Planning Tips

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Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013 – Trip Planning Tips

This is a post by author Yvonne Chan. Yvonne is Managing Director for Universal Aviation Singapore, which has an aircraft ground-handling facility in Seletar. Yvonne is an expert on business aircraft operations in Singapore and can be contacted at

The 2013 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix runs September 20-22 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The city center circuit is 5.07 km, with a total race distance of 309 km. It’s recommended that arrangements for aircraft parking and crew accommodation be secured as soon as schedule is known.

Here’s a general overview of what you should be aware of:

1. Primary airports to consider for the event

The two airports to consider for this event are Changi (WSSS) at approximately 20 minutes from the track and Seletar (WSSL) at about 30 minutes from the circuit. Both are Airports of Entry (AOEs). Due to increased traffic at all area airports, over the Formula 1 period, it’s recommended that aircraft services and aircraft parking be requested well in advance.

Seletar (WSSL)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours for Stage 3 aircraft; see additional closures below
  • Prior Permission Required (PPR): Not required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Aircraft parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel (Jet A-1): Available
  • In-flight catering: Available


WSSL has little commercial traffic, as it’s geared toward General Aviation (GA).

6,024-ft. runway.

No instrument landing system approach available.

Airport accepts aircraft Stage 3 and above.

Limited public transportation is available at this location. Drive time to the city center is approximately 30 minutes. Per the Singapore aeronautical information publication, WSSL will close as follows:

First Friday of every month, 1600-2300 UTC (or the second Friday if the first Friday is a public holiday) and every Tuesday and Friday of every month between 1600-1800 UTC. During these periods, the runway is closed to all traffic except medevac and emergency flights. The airport requires 30 minutes’ advance notice for emergency opening of the runway.

All arrival flight plans must include names of the crew members.

Aircraft are restricted from overflying the built-up residential area around WSSL at an altitude below 1,500 ft. Aircraft unable to safely maneuver clear of these areas are not allowed to operate to WSSL.

Changi (WSSS)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours; GA banned 0700-1000 local and 1600-1900 local
  • PPR: Not required
  • Airport slots: Required
  • Aircraft parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel (Jet A-1): Available
  • In-flight catering: Available


This airport is dedicated mainly to commercial traffic.

Airport accepts aircraft Stage 3 and above.

Officially, overnight parking at WSSS is limited to 48 hours subject to approval by airport authorities. Government-related flights and flights that will financially benefit the Singapore economy are the only exceptions to this regulation. Aircraft remaining at WSSS overnight will be towed to a static aircraft display area for parking. This process usually takes 45 minutes to one hour to complete and is applicable for arrivals and departures.

Nose wheel turnout isn’t permitted from the parking bay. Airport handlers carry tow bars for this reason, but it’s best to check in advance that one is available for your type of aircraft.

Airport slots are required for all arrivals and departures for WSSS. Slots may not be approved during peak hours:

  • 2300-0200 UTC
  • 0800-1100 UTC

Airport slots must be requested at least 24 hours in advance. Slot confirmations are given in UTC time with deviation of +/- 55 minutes.

Propeller aircraft aren’t permitted to operate to WSSS.

There’s a rail link, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), running to the central business district on a frequent schedule from early morning until close to midnight. Drive time to the city center is about 30 minutes.

2. Obtain necessary charter (non-scheduled commercial) permits

Landing permits are required for all charter operations to Singapore. The regulations for obtaining permits for this country have changed as of June 2013. Due to the recent changes, it’s recommended that you speak to your 3rd-party provider to obtain the latest information.

3. Consider hotel and transport options

There are many excellent hotel options in the Singapore area, including a wide selection of 4- and 5-star accommodations. Due to increased traffic to Singapore during this time period, it’s recommended that accommodations be booked as far in advance as possible.

Pre-paid transportation (car with driver) is recommended during the Singapore Grand Prix period. As there will be heavy traffic, possible road closures and a general lack of parking in the area, rental vehicles are not recommended. Another good option for crew to consider is the MRT, as the race circuit is less than a six-minute walk from five MRT subway stations.

4. More on the Grand Prix

Additional information on the Singapore Grand Prix taking place at the Marina Bay Street circuit can be found at the Singapore Formula 1 website.

5. More operations in Singapore

The topic of business aircraft operations in Singapore has been discussed in depth on this blog. Here are some additional articles you can reference for more information.

Closing Thoughts

It’s best to work with your 3rd-party provider to determine the best airport option for the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix. WSSS experiences peak commercial arrivals 0305-0400, 0805-1000 and 1305-1500 UTC and departure peak hours of 2205-0300 and 1205-1400 UTC. For operations to WSSL, be aware of curfew and runway closure hours.


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