Changi Airport of Singapore has announced that they will be shutting down operations for Terminal 2 for a period of 18 months, from May 1, keeping in mind the current situation with Coronavirus outbreak and global travel mandates. Here is everything we know. By Amitha Ameen

 

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The third busiest airport in Asia that serves more than 100 airlines and flies to over 400 cities in 100 countries worldwide, has decided to shut down temporarily owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The airport authorities stated that one of the four terminals at Singapore’s main civilian airport would be sufficient to handle the current traffic, owing to the international travel bans across the world in order to fight the pandemic.

 

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“We will save on running costs for the airport operator, retail tenants, airlines and ground handlers,” Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan was quoted to inform the Parliament on Monday, April 6, after announcing plans to halt operations at the airport’s Terminal 2 from May 1.

“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 added. Currently, Singapore has 1,623 confirmed cases. While 406 people have recovered, 7 deaths have been reported.

 

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The news doesn’t come as a surprise as closures of all kinds have been happening worldwide owing to the novel coronavirus pandemic. London’s Heathrow announced that they will be consolidating operations to one runway, Gatwick Airport had also announced that they had shut operations at their North Terminal, while London City Airport remained completely suspended.

This article was last updated on April 9 at 11:37 AM.

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