Singapore’s Changi Airport will suspend operations at Terminal 2 (T2) from 1 May 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The closure will extend for at least 18 months. Airlines operating to and from T2 will be relocated to other terminals at the Singapore hub.
Changi Airport Group said 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 required action.
The suspension of operations will allow for the current T2 expansion works to be accelerated with expected completion, currently scheduled for 2024, brought forward possibly by up to one year.
Tan Lye Teck, CAG’s Executive Vice President of Airport Management 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 airfreight and passenger flights that continue to operate.
“Even as our airport capacity is being optimised for the current situation, we will have the flexibility and we stand ready to ramp up operations quickly once the recovery takes place,” Teck added.