SINGAPORE: It was full house on the first public day of the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Saturday, but some were stranded without tickets.
Event organisers had tried out a new arrangement, where entry passes had to be bought in advance, to better manage crowds.
But some were not aware of the arrangement, and could not go to the show.
All 80,000 tickets for the weekend are sold out.
Over 200 early birds boarded the first shuttle buses to the Singapore Airshow at the Singapore EXPO on Saturday.
Two exhibition halls with 24 security lanes processed the visitors -- but not all could pass through the lanes, including one Malaysian family who flew in here to catch the flying planes.
In the end, they had to catch a plane back to Kuala Lumpur.
"I'm so frustrated with the Singapore Airshow this time, because during the last two years, we can get the tickets from the airport.
“We came here from Kuala Lumpur just for the Airshow, so now that we can't get the tickets, we’ll just have to stay here until we get our plane ticket to fly back to Kuala Lumpur,” said Siti Nur’ain Rozaini, a student.
In 2012, Changi Airport was the visitor pickup point for the Singapore Airshow , and tickets were sold on site.
This year, tickets had to be bought in advance.
But not all visitors were aware that things have changed, like the Loo family.
Leslie Loo, an engineer, said: "We cannot get the tickets here (Singapore EXPO), so it's very sad because we woke up so early, and this was for the kids."
Those who had tickets though, were pleased with the new arrangement.
Kwan Wan Luen, a sales manager, said: “I find the new arrangement better than that of two years ago. The queue is comfortable and looks very well-organised."
Visitors were dropped at the show site after security checks were done at Singapore EXPO.
At the show site, the fun began with roaring jets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Black Knights, which the young especially enjoyed.
At the Airshow’s static aircraft display area, visitors were seen having a field day deciding which type of aircraft to pose with for a ‘selfie'.
Among the aircraft on display are helicopters, private jets, fighter planes from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, and the air arsenal of the United States.
It was equally busy in the exhibition hall.
Chairman of investment firm Temasek Holdings Lim Boon Heng viewed the Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering’s showcases, while budget carrier Scoot gave out free airplane tickets.
Fans also had a snapshot with Korean stars -- pilots from the country's air force. - CNA/nd
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