Singapore’s Changi International Airport is reportedly reopening its Terminal 2 after the air hub was closed for upgrading works in May 2020. The move supposedly comes ahead of the anticipated uptick in passenger traffic in the coming months.
The terminal will reopen in phases from 29th May, and will mostly be hosting peak-hour flights of Terminal 3 airlines.
According to the Changi Airport Group (CAG), following the completion of the expansion works by 2024, the terminal’s capacity would be increasing by more than 5 million passengers, wherein it would be able to handle 28 million passengers annually.
In the first phase of reopening, major touchpoints for flight operations, like arriving passengers’ immigration, baggage claim belts, and contact gates at the terminal's southern wing, will be prepared.
While a small amount of flights departing from T3 might use T2’s boarding gates, the passengers of these flights will check-in and go through departure immigration at T3.
Information regarding incoming flights would be available on Changi’s website as well as its iChangi app at least two hours prior to arrival time.
The upgraded T2 will have a bigger hall for arrival immigration with automated facilities and special assistance lanes.
Automated immigration lanes would help Singaporeans as well as residents whose iris and facial biometrics have been enrolled with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, along with eligible foreign visitors who also enrolled the same on their arrival in the country.
CAG added that as more passengers will enroll, the number of automated immigration lanes will also be increased.
With special assistance lanes, passengers with mobility aids and big family groups will be able to clear immigrations easily as they will be wider.
The baggage claim hall will have three collections with one being longer in order to handle more luggage.
Tan Lye Teck, Executive VP of airport management, CAG, stated that the group has closely worked alongside its partners for the progressive reopening of Terminal 2 so as to effectively meet the peak demand anticipated from June onwards.
Lye Teck added that the terminal will be reopened in a phased manner over the next two years as the airport recovers and reestablishes itself as a regional air hub.