Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) will be reopening 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-19 passenger traffic in the Northern Winter Season beginning 30 October 2022 (NW22/23).

Strong growth in travel demand

Since the relaxation of travel protocols on 1 April this year, passenger traffic at Changi Airport has recovered strongly. For the first week of June 2022, passenger traffic at Changi Airport reached 48% of pre-Covid-19 levels[1]. In 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 2022 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 reopens.

In October, departure operations in the southern wing of T2 will resume, following the commencement of arrival operations on 29 May 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.

Shilla Duty Free’s new T2 arrivals beauty store will open in August 2022.
Lotte Duty Free’s new T2 arrivals liquor store will open in September 2022.

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

Powering Singapore’s travel recovery

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CAG’s Chief Executive Officer, said “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.”

[1] Compared to the first seven days of June 2019.