Changi Airport Terminal 2 to reopen fully in Oct 2023
Changi Airport T2's northern wing – previously slated to re-open in 2024 – will be operational in October.
SINGAPORE – With the opening of its northern wing in October – previously slated to re-open in 2024 – Changi Airport Terminal 2 will reopen fully several months ahead of schedule.
Announcing this development on Wednesday (3 May) at the 2023 Changi Airline Awards ceremony, Minister for Transport S Iswaran said, "This will add another 20 million passengers per annum to Changi's capacity, bringing Changi Airport's total capacity to 90 million passengers per annum. This is even higher than our pre-COVID capacity of 85 million passengers per annum. Travellers can look forward to new amenities, and innovative retail and F&B offerings."
The southern wing of Terminal 2 reopened on 11 October 2022.
Iswaran added Singapore passenger traffic has "more than doubled from around 40 per cent this time last year, to over 82 per cent of pre-COVID levels in March this year".
"Based on the current trajectory, passenger traffic at Changi Airport should return to pre-COVID levels by next year, or possibly sooner,"Iswaran said.
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He also expressed deep appreciation to the thousands of aviation workers who went the extra mile to ensure flights could continue throughout the pandemic.
"Today, the aviation sector's workforce is at about 90 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, and we aim to get back to 100 per cent by the end of this year," he added.
According to Changi Airport Group, the airport handled 4.63 million passenger movements in March 2023, or over 82 per cent of its pre-COVID traffic in March 2019. This marks the first time since the pandemic that the passenger movements indicator has crossed 80 per cent.
Aircraft movements, which include landings and takeoffs, totalled 26,000, about 81 per cent of March 2019 levels. Airfreight throughput was 152,000 tonnes for the month.
For the first quarter of 2023, Changi Airport registered 13.0 million passenger movements, with 74,000 aircraft movements registered for the same period. The top five traffic markets for the quarter were Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
As of 1 April, 102 airlines operate over 6,000 weekly scheduled flights at Changi Airport.
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