Changi Airport To Suspend Certain Terminal Operations Due To Decline In Air Travel

Changi Airport (CAG) in Singapore has decided to decrease terminal operations because of “the steep decline in passenger traffic and the likelihood that air travel demand will not return to pre-Covid-19 levels in the near term”. This decision will help the airport and its partners save a significant amount on running costs such as utilities and cleaning. It will also help optimize resources across the airport’s terminals.

Suspension of T2 operations for 18 months 

From May 1, 2020, operations at T2 will be completely suspended for a period of 18 months. Airlines will be relocated to remaining terminals. Specific details about the relocation will be disclosed closer to May. Suspension of operations will accelerate work done for the expansion of T2. What was initially scheduled to be completed by 2024 might happen earlier. 

Modern Architecture at Changi Airport in Singapore.

Operations at T4 have also been reduced with a small number of aircraft boarding gates kept in use and shops allowed to close early after the last flight for the day. CAG has made it clear that if the remaining airlines at T4 choose to suspend or adjust their flight schedules, they will also consider suspending operations at T4 temporarily. 

Tan Lye Teck, Executive Vice President of Airport Management, CAG, said, “With airlines suspending flights in response to the sharply reduced travel demand, the consolidation efforts seek to help our airport partners during this difficult time. While the scale of our operations will be reduced in the near term, Changi Airport remains open to serve the air freight and passenger flights that continue to operate. Even as our airport capacity is being optimized for the current situation, we will have the flexibility and we stand ready to ramp up operations quickly once the recovery takes place.”



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