Owing to the sharp decline in passenger traffic due to the ongoing global pandemic situation, Changi Airport Group (CAG) has announced the consolidation of terminal operations at Singapore Changi Airport.
From May 1, 2020 onwards, operations at Terminal 2 (T2) will be suspended for 18 months with airlines to be relocated to the remaining terminals. This, in turn, will also accelerate the current T2 expansion works — the possibility of completing it one year prior to the scheduled (2024) time is being looked at.
In addition, operations at Terminal 4 (T4) have been scaled down significantly with a small number of aircraft boarding gates kept in use and shops allowed to close early after the last flight for the day. However, if the remaining airlines at T4 choose to suspend or reschedule their flight, then CAG might look at temporarily suspending operations at the terminal.
According to a spokesperson, the consolidation will “…enable CAG and its airport partners to save on running costs such as utilities and cleaning as well as to optimise resources across the airport’s terminals to better match the low travel demand and airlines’ flight operations.”
Mr 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.”