Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 will suspend operations for 18 months from May 1, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact the aviation sector.
Changi Airport Group (CAG) made the announcement in view 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.
The announcement was made by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan in the Parliament. He added that the suspension of operations would allow airport operator Changi Airport Group (CAG) – together with retailers, airlines and ground handling firms – to save on running costs during this time.
“Importantly, it also allows us to speed up the current upgrading works at Terminal 2 and shorten the project time by up to one year,” Khaw said.
The current T2 expansion works, currently scheduled for 2024, is expected to be brought forward possibly by up to one year. CAG is in discussion with airport partners and concessionaires in T2 regarding options available to them.
In view of the very small number of flights at Terminal 4 (T4), operations at the terminal have been scaled down considerably with a small number of aircraft boarding gates kept in use and shops allowed to close early after the last flight for the day. If the remaining airlines at T4 choose to suspend or adjust their flight schedule, CAG will also consider suspending operations at T4 temporarily but with the objective of restarting operations quickly when airlines confirm the resumption of flights.
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