From 1st May 2020, Changi Airport Terminal 2 will be closed for 18 months. In view of the steep decline in passenger traffic, this closure will allow better allocation of resources to cut operating cost; also this closure will be used to speed up the terminal renovation works that are ongoing.
Airlines to be Relocated
All airlines currently operating out of Terminal 2 will be relocated across the remaining terminals in Changi Airport. More details will be released closer to 1st May 2020. At the point of writing there is no mention of whether or not these airlines will return to Terminal 2, after the 18 months closure.
Singapore Airlines, which currently operates out of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, will solely operate out of Terminal 3 from 8th April onward. Silkair, Singapore Airlines’ regional arm, will be moving to Terminal 3 as well.
Here is the list of airlines which will be moving out of Terminal 2:
|Air India||Air India Express||ANA|
|Lufthansa||LOT Polish||Malaysia Airlines|
|Royal Brunei Airlines||Shenzhen Airlines||Singapore Airlines (selected destinations in Asia)|
Terminal 2 Renovation Work
Changi Airport has planned a major makeover for Terminal 2, scheduled to be completed by 2024. With this 18 months closure, the completion date is likely to be brought forward by around 1 year.
Upon completion, Terminal 2 will be able to handle five million more passengers per year; this will bring Changi’s total capacity to 90 million passengers per year.
Possible Suspension of Terminal 4 Operation
The operation at Changi Airport Terminal 4 has been scaled down considerably. Among the 6 airlines operating out of Terminal 4 there is only 1 scheduled flight departure, on 7th April.
Most of the boarding gates in Terminal 4 are now used for parking of aircraft. Shops have been closing early after the last flight. If airlines choose to suspend, or adjust their remaining flight schedule, Changi Airport will consider suspending operations at Terminal 4 temporarily.
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