For the first time in 18 years, an uncomfortable silence has cast a shadow over the skies of Changi. In light of the coronavirus outbreak, most airlines have grounded and parked their planes as passengers opt to avoid non-essential flights.
Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines flying to some 380 cities in about 100 countries and territories worldwide. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 situation has taken quite a hit on this familiar reality.
What used to be crowds of people flocking at Jewel to take a photo of the ever-so-magnificent waterfall has now transformed into a seemingly deserted land. Though it was once unimaginable even in the idlest of hours, Changi Airport is now experiencing an unprecedented scene of silence and utter emptiness.
Going down to the airport amidst the virus panic felt surreal. The crowds that I was accustomed to were no more. It felt like I was the only one there with the exception of staff who had no choice—but—to be there.
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