Changi Airport Group (CAG) has unveiled plans to
consolidate terminal operations because of “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”.
The move 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.
From 1 May 2020, operations at T2
will be suspended for 18 months with airlines to be relocated to
the remaining terminals. Exact details of the relocation are
expected to be announced closer to 1 May 2020.
The suspension of operations will also 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.
Operations at T4 have also been scaled down
considerably with a small number of aircraft boarding gates kept
in use and shops allowed to close early after the last flight for
the day. CAG has stated that if the remaining airlines at T4 choose to suspend or
adjust their flight schedules, they will also consider suspending
operations at T4 temporarily but with the objective of restarting
operations quickly when airlines confirm the resumption of
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 air freight 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.”