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COVID-19: Operations at Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 to be suspended for 18 months from May

Operations at Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 will be redistributed across the other terminals, said Khaw. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Changi Airport will be suspending operations at Terminal 2 (T2) for 18 months from May, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan in Parliament on Monday (6 April).

“Right now, one terminal is enough to handle the current volume of demand. We can close down one or two terminals,” he said.

“But we must think about post-pandemic recovery. While full recovery, this year is unlikely, partial recovery next year is probable. We must be ready to lead, and to ride the recovery when it happens.”

The move comes amid plunging air traffic amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely impacted Changi Airport and businesses located there.

Speaking following Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s announcement of a $5.1 billion Solidarity Budget to help the Singapore economy tide through its one-month circuit breaker period, Khaw noted that T2 operations will be redistributed across the remaining terminals.

“Importantly, it also allows us to speed up the current upgrading works at T2 and shorten the project time by up to one year,” he said of the suspension of operations.


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