Me – One of those suckers who got sucked into the bladdy mess at the Airshow on Saturday.
Warned by a friend to take public transport and not to drive there, I dutifully went to Pasir Ris Interchange to take the free shuttle bus. At 1.30 pm, the queue was still so long but it was moving. Not too long. Still managed to finish the entire New Paper while shuffling towards the bus.
Then what was a 10 minutes journey developed into a 1 and a half hour ride. First the bus travel along Pasir Ris Dr 1, turned right to Loyang Ave, went up TPE then PIE towards the Airport and next turned left to ECP towards the City????? before turning into Changi Coast Rd. What the heck? The shortest route was Pasir Ris Dr 3, turned left into Loyang Ave and then Changi Coast Rd and that could takes not more than 10 minutes! Even if for security reason, the buses could not go onto Loyang Ave, the next best option could be turned right to Pasir Ris Dr 6, left to TPE, Upp Changi Rd East, Xilin Ave, Changi Coast Rd and not the roundabout way the bus took!
Finally reach the site and worse was to come. The taxi and car line was moving smoothly but the bus queue was literally dead stuck. From the start of the car park to alighting, it took the bus nearly 40 minutes to crawl through and of course there had to be no air con at all in the bus!
So in the end, by that time we had only 1 and a half hour to visit the exhibition before it close at 5pm. So had to sacrific the indoor exhibits and just gawked at the planes.
Going back was slightly better. Again long queue but at least it moved fast and the buses were coming thick and fast and yes it took the Changi Coast Rd, Loyang Ave, Pasir Ris Dr 3 route back! So I just can’t understand why it didn’t do so for the onward journey!
Luckily, my tickets were complimentary otherwise I will be cursing for the entire time especially since I not really an airplane fan
27 Feb 2008: Just read all the complaint letters in the press. Seem like I one lucky one only took 1 and a half hour to get there. Other people took much longer including one who went to Pasir Ris then to Changi Beach Park before cycling there from East Coast!! Also now understand why bus didn’t go by Loyang Ave (badly jammed) but still it could have gone via Xilin Ave.