June 10 2022  |  Airlines & Airports

Changi Airport Group to re-open T4 this fall

By Laura Shirk

CAG will be re-opening T4 in September and commencing departure operations in the southern wing of T2 in October; this move readies Changi Airport to manage pre-COVID passenger level

Changi Airport Group (CAG) will be re-opening Terminal 4 (T4) in September 2022 and commencing departure operations in the southern wing of Terminal 2 (T2) in October, as passenger traffic continues to recover steadily. This move will add to Changi Airport’s operating capacity and enable the airport to meet the full recovery of pre-COVID passenger traffic in the Northern Winter Season beginning October 30, 2022.

Strong growth in travel demand

Since the relaxation of travel protocols on April 1 2022, passenger traffic at Changi Airport has recovered strongly. During the first week of June passenger traffic reached 48% of pre-COVID levels. As a response to this pick-up in air travel, airlines have requested to launch more flights for NW22/23.

CAG will first reopen T4 in September to handle both departure and arrival flights. Engagement with airlines, airport partners and potential tenants has begun to prepare for this. While some time is needed to sign new leases with concessionaires, it is expected that there will be a small number of retail outlets and F&B options to serve passengers when T4 re-opens.

In October, departure operations in the southern wing of T2 will resume, following the commencement of arrival operations on May 29, 2022. Expansion and upgrading works in the northern wing will continue. Passengers arriving at T2 can look forward to brand new stores by The Shilla Duty Free (for beauty products) and Lotte Duty Free (for duty free wines and spirits) in August and September, respectively. In the Arrival Hall, a cluster of up to four F&B concepts will open in October.

It is expected that airlines previously operating at T4 will return to the terminal upon its re-opening. CAG will work with the airlines on the re-location details. Details on airlines to be operating at T2 will be announced in due course.

Powering Singapore’s travel recovery

“The fast rebound in travel demand has given us great encouragement to prepare Changi Airport for the full recovery of passenger volume back to pre-Covid-19 levels. The additional capacity offered by T4 and T2 will put Changi Airport in a good position to capture this recovery and support the business and operational needs of airlines.

“To support the travel recovery, our airport partners have been actively recruiting more manpower to fill various positions in the airport, from frontline staff to airside workers. At the same time, we are accelerating efforts to secure more tenants for the two terminals, to better serve our passengers. We are optimistic and excited about the future for Changi Airport and look forward to serving passengers again in our reopened terminals,” says Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer, CAG.

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