Sentosa's Tiger Sky Tower is up and running again

Visitors entering the Tiger Sky Tower on Sentosa on its first day back in operation yesterday. It had been shut since a technical malfunction in August.
Visitors entering the Tiger Sky Tower on Sentosa on its first day back in operation yesterday. It had been shut since a technical malfunction in August.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The Tiger Sky Tower on Sentosa reopened yesterday, after a technical malfunction in August forced its suspension from operations.
 

Tourists visiting the island seemed undeterred by the incident, which left 39 people stranded in the gondola at the 25m-high mark for four hours after a drive unit that raises and lowers the gondola overheated and broke.

Mr Saad Aldhuwayan, 37, an engineer from Saudi Arabia visiting the island with his wife and three young children, said: "We actually came to Sentosa to ride this tower, and for the other attractions. We heard the ride was shut down for maintenance but when we arrived today, we were happy to see that it was operating."

Ms Mary Clear, 65, a retired nurse from Britain, was told about the incident by her tour group guide. But she went on the ride anyway.

The ride, launched in 2004, reaches a height of 110m. It can ferry up to 72 passengers to the top via the enclosed, air-conditioned gondola.

The seven-minute ride, which costs adults $18, affords views of Sentosa, Singapore and parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.

SLOW START

I expect that business will be slow for a start, as it will take time for news of the reopening to reach everyone.

MR KEN LEE, Sky Tower's general manager.

The attraction saw a steady stream of customers on the first day it reopened.

While Mr Ken Lee, Sky Tower's general manager, declined to reveal the number of customers yesterday, he said it was heartening that the ride is back in action.

Mr Lee said: "I expect that business will be slow for a start, as it will take time for news of the reopening to reach everyone."

The Building and Construction Authority gave written permission last Tuesday for the Sky Tower to resume operations after it inspected the repairs and rectification measures by the company.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 26, 2017, with the headline 'Sentosa's Tiger Sky Tower is up and running again'. Print Edition | Subscribe