May 14 2020  |  Airlines & Airports

Changi Airport temporarily closes Terminal 4

By Jas Ryat

As we reported a short time ago, Changi Airport recently suspended operations in Terminal 2 and consolidated operations within other terminals. Given the continued crisis and extraordinarily low flight movements, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) has made the decision to consolidate operations even further. This will enable CAG and its airport partners to save on running costs such as utilities and cleaning.

T4 temporarily closed

As of May 16, CAG will temporarily suspend T4 operations. The small number of flights operating from that terminal will be moved to T1 or T3. Stores and restaurants currently open in T4 will temporarily close, as will the shuttle bus connecting T3 and T4. Airlines currently operating out of T4 will be moved to one of the other two operating terminals. The timing of the return to normal operations will be decided upon as traffic picks up, and will partly depend on the requirements of the airlines.

Reduced transport

Skytrain services have been reduce in the airport, though visitors and staff are able to continue using the MRT link bridge between T3 and T2, and the link bridges to Jewel. The taxi stands at each remaining terminal, T1 and T3, will be consolidated, with one stand serving each terminal, and several finger piers in these two terminals will be out of use until demand returns.

F&B, essential services

Currently, food and beverage outlets at Changi Airport are open for take-out orders, and essential services such as pharmacies continue to operate in the airport’s public areas, to serve staff and the public. The list of outlets operating can be found on Changi Airport’s website.

Ready to restart

During this time, CAG continues to work closely with its airline and airport partners, and will be ready to restart operations at T4 as soon as there are enough flights to warrant re-opening.

In April 2020, Changi Airport handled 25,200 passenger movements, a drop of 99.5% over April 2019; and 3,870 aircraft movements, a drop of 87.7% over April 2019. Airfreight for the month totaled 96,500 tons, a drop of 38.3% over the same month last year. See more statistics at www.changiairport.com/corporate/our-expertise/air-...

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