Singaporeans first had their hearts broken when it was announced that one of the two analogue display boards in Terminal Two was set to retire a month ago. Now at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that a month ago felt like it a lifetime. Time is now nothing but a social construct as we stay socially responsible amidst the new circuit breakers and stay home, dreaming of the day when things return to ‘normal’.
This novel coronavirus has affected not only the way we live life but also society as a whole, with the aviation industry taking one of the hardest hits. From SIA’s extreme measures to stay afloat, to Singapore Changi Airport, one of the busiest airport in the world, having to halt its operations in Terminal Two (T2) for 18 months in the name of saving running costs.
Minister for Transport, Khaw Boon Wan announced in parliament today (6 April 2020) that the iconic terminal will halt its operations starting from 1 May 2020. Airlines that are currently operating in T2 will be relocated to the other three operating terminals in Changi, with Singapore Airlines consolidating its operations at Terminal Three. On top of saving costs, this will also expedite the T2 upgrading process by a year.
With the current lack of global travel, operations in Terminal four (T4) have also decreased exponentially. The Changi Airport Group (CAG) stated that with the current trend of lack of flights, considerations to suspend operations at T4 are taken into account as well, with flights operating out of T4 to be moved into the remaining operating terminals.