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Changi Airport Group (CAG) has announced that it will suspend operations at Terminal 2 of Singapore Changi Airport due to reduced passenger traffic amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

CAG stated that it does not expect the passenger traffic at Changi Airport to return to the levels before the Covid-19 outbreak and consolidating its operations will help in saving on running costs and optimising resources.

The operations at T2 will be suspended for 18 months from 1 May. This will help in accelerating the expansion works at T2, which are scheduled to complete in 2024 and bring forward the completion by one year.

CAG has started talks with the T2 airport partners and concessionaires about the available options.

In addition, CAG has reduced operations at Terminal 4 due to significantly reduced flights. It has allocated a few boarding gates and has permitted shops to close after the last flight departs for the day.

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CAG stated that it may temporarily suspend operations at T4 if the remaining airlines at the terminal change their schedules.

It hopes to restart the operations as soon as possible when the flights resume at T4.

To support the stores and restaurants at Changi Airport, CAG has implemented different measures after talking to the concessionaires. It has waived the rental fees for all concessions in T4 for two months.

CAG is also looking into ‘retraining and redeployment opportunities’ for the staff at the airport to save the jobs during the outbreak.

CAG Airport Management executive vice-president Tan Lye Teck said: “With airlines suspending flights in response to the sharply reduced travel demand, the consolidation efforts seek to help our airport partners during this difficult time.

“While the scale of our operations will be reduced in the near term, Changi Airport remains open to serve the airfreight and passenger flights that continue to operate. Even as our airport capacity is being optimised for the current situation, we will have the flexibility and we stand ready to ramp up operations quickly once the recovery takes place.”