Singapore’s Changi airport will close one of its four terminals for 18 months as passenger numbers slump.
Changi announced it will close Terminal 2, the second-busiest of the airport’s four terminals, on May 1 and is not expected to re-open until November 2021.
The cost-cutting move will enable the airport “to better match the low travel demand and airlines’ flight operations”. Passenger numbers at Changi have slumped by 80 per cent in March, according to estimates.
Carriers including Etihad, Malaysia Airlines and the Singapore Airlines subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot will be re-located.
Singapore is currently barring short term visitors to enter, while transit passengers are also banned from using Changi Airport at present.
“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,” said Tan Lye Teck, Changi’s executive vice president of airport management.
“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.
“We stand ready to ramp up operations quickly once the recovery takes place.”