Singapore Airport to shut T2 for 18 months

    Singapore Airport is set to close its Terminal 2 for 18 months. The closure was announced by the Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on the 6th of April .

    Changi to close T2 because of hurtling passenger demand

    Some weeks ago Heathrow, London’s busiest airport, announced that it would be closing half of its terminals. The airport is consolidating all flights to Terminals 2 and 5, its newest facilities, and now we can see that other airports are following suit. Individually, Singapore is now closing Terminal 2, which will remain locked into 2021. This will allow the airport to focus on upgrading the terminal, a process that will be much quicker thanks to the closure.

    Terminal closure

    Singapore has been working on upgrading Terminal 2 of Changi International Airport. According to The Straits Times, this was a project due to be carried out when the terminal was open. However, recently Singapore has seen a drastic decrease in passenger numbers. While this is not confined to Singapore Airport, it has hit harder than some others.

    SQ is operating with just 9 aircrafts

    To cope with the situation it is faced with, Singapore has placed strict restrictions on who can enter the country and has banned passengers on a connecting flight. This has put forth a unique opportunity to Singapore Changi Airport.

    Given the massive fall in services, it made sense to close at least one terminal and merge flights in other terminals. Singapore Airlines, the largest carrier at the airport, is operating with only 9 aircraft. The obvious next one for closure was Terminal 2, which was already due to undergo certain upgrades. As a result of this closure, Singapore’s Transport Minister Mr.Khaw Boon Wan told The Straits Times that:

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

    Changi is not alone terminal closures

    Singapore Changi is not the only airport to close terminals as travel demand has hurtled. In fact, every one of the United Kingdom’s three busiest airports has closed terminals. As an example, London Heathrow has closed both Terminal 3 and Terminal 4.

    London Heathrow also declared that it would be closing half of is terminals

    Meanwhile, London Gatwick has shut its north terminal. In fact, according to data from Flight Radar 24, the airport had just hosted four arrivals some days ago. This makes us wonder if the UK’s second busiest airport is open at all. 

    Manchester Airport, the third most active in the United Kingdom, has closed two of its three terminals. Finally, London City Airport has suspended all the flights for the time being due to a significant fall in demand. Most of London City’s traffic was derived from London business travel which has grounded to a halt.

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