COVID-19: Singapore’s Changi to close Terminal 2

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COVID-19: Singapore’s Changi to close Terminal 2

Singapore will shutter operations at Changi Airport Terminal 2 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic for 18 months start on 1 May, according to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan. “We will save on running costs for the airport operator, retail tenants, airlines and ground handlers,” Khaw said in a speech to Parliament, noting that one terminal is enough to handle the current traffic at the airport. “Importantly, it also allows us to speed up the current upgrading works at T2 and shorten the project time by up to one year,” Khaw added.

Airlines with operations at Terminal 2 will be relocated and Singapore Airlines will consolidate its operation in Terminal 3.

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat had said last month that the number of passengers arriving at the airport has fallen by more than 90 per cent since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Reduced demand arising from the outbreak and travel restrictions worldwide has also hit SIA hard, with the carrier cutting 96 percent of its scheduled flights until the end of April.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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