Singapore is closing one of its its main airport’s terminals for 18 months as the country warns the travel industry won’t recover until next year.
Changi Airport, one of the largest in the world, will close terminal 2 from May 1 until the end of 2021.
All operations from the terminal will now take place at the other three terminals to “save on running costs”.
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Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan told local media that the airport would be able to cope with running everything through the other terminals.
Passenger arrivals have dropped by 90 per cent since the coronavirus outbreak, with Mr Khaw adding he isn’t expecting a recovery until next year.
He explained: “While full recovery this year is unlikely, partial recovery next year is probable. We must be ready to lead and to ride the recovery when it happens.”
Changi Airport is often voted one of the best airports in the world.
Last year, it opened the huge new Jewel complex that features hundreds of shops, restaurants, a forest and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall – all spread over 10 storeys.
A landscaped garden with two mazes, a fog garden and slides as well as a 50m canopy walkway and butterfly garden are also part of the complex.
Singapore has a remarkably low numbers of cases of coronavirus with just 1309 confirmed and six deaths.
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