SIN T2 to shut for 18 months from 1 May 2020

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Wow....18 months!! And people here on AFF are expecting that international flights will be back by Xmas this year!
 
Details of airlines’ relocation to other terminals will be published on the Changi Airport website closer to 1 May 2020:
 
"Importantly, it also allows us to speed up the current upgrading works at Terminal 2 and shorten the project time by up to one year," Mr Khaw said.
 
Just read on Executive Traveller LHR is also closing T3 and T4 but unlike SIN, renovations aren't part of the plan.
 
That is a big call to close for 18 months. Maybe they think this will last 2 winter seasons?
 
Scoot, one of the biggest operators at T2 moved to T1 last October, and meanwhile SilkAir has been busy transferring many of its services to Scoot (and therefore T1) over the last 12 months as well. There were very few airlines that moved into T2 to take their place, so I suspect usage was already down in preparation for the renovation. Although not sure how many Chinese carriers were in T2.
 
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Looks like most Star Alliance members have moved to T3...
 
I wonder when travel returns to normal, whether SIN will have insufficient number of terminals to cater for traffic, in particular whether overcrowding in Terminal 3 will occur when all Singapore Airlines and Silkair flights departing from only 1 terminal?
And how about the lounges?
 
I wonder when travel returns to normal, whether SIN will have insufficient number of terminals to cater for traffic, in particular whether overcrowding in Terminal 3 will occur when all Singapore Airlines and Silkair flights departing from only 1 terminal?
And how about the lounges?


You certainly are steadfast in your views on when everyone will be back flying again.

Personally once it does start again I see it as more not back with a bang, but as slow incremental growth and it will be a long, long time before we get back to 2020 levels which was double the traffic of a decade earlier.

I also suspect that a significant portion of business travel will simply not come back to the level it was at ever. There are just more communication tools in place and people will be more used to working with them. Business travel will still be required, just not at 2020 levels.

With leisure travel a lot of the budget travellers are seriously having all their cash reserves vanish, and many will not be in work for a while. That will hurt the budget travel market, and possibly more so as the budget airlines may not be so budget fora while.

So I think that SIN will have ample terminal capacity for the first half of the 20's at least.
 
It's been 24 months and 1 week but T2 will reopen in phases some time this year:
First phase on 29 May:
 
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That's because T4 is closing as well as T2.
T4 is reopening in September 2022:
 
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