Singapore Changi Suspends Terminal 4 & April Passenger Traffic Down 99.5%

Singapore’ Changi Airport a month ago decided to close Terminal 2 (read more here) for an extended period due to Covid-19 and renovations.

Singapore Changi Terminal 5 2030

The airport already indicated back then that it might close the Terminal 4 also (opened Octoner 2017) and consolidate flights to just terminals 1 and 3. The airport is going forward with this plan on May 16.

You can access Changi Airport here.

The airport released its passenger figures for April 2020 that were down 99.5% compared to 2019, which doesn’t come as a surprise. Yesterday there were only EIGHT passenger flight departures compared to hundreds on a typical day just a few months ago.

Here are passenger movements for 2020:

Here are the flight departures out of Singapore on Monday (May 11, 2020):



Here’s the announcement from Changi Airport:

SINGAPORE, 12 May 2020 – Following the suspension of operations in Terminal 2 (T2), Changi Airport’s terminal operations will be consolidated further to optimise resources in tandem with the sharp decline in flight movements because of the global Covid-19 pandemic. This move will enable Changi Airport Group (CAG) and its airport partners to continue to save on running costs such as utilities and cleaning.

From 16 May 2020, Terminal 4 (T4) operations will be temporarily suspended in view of the small number of flights still operating in the terminal. Airlines currently based in T4[1] will operate out of Terminals 1 (T1) or 3 (T3) instead. With this, the stores and restaurants in T4 will close and the shuttle bus service connecting to T3 will be suspended until operations in T4 resume. The timing of this will depend on when air travel demand picks up and on the requirements of airlines seeking to relaunch flights at Changi Airport.

In view of the low demand, Skytrain services in the airport have been reduced. Visitors and staff can continue to use the MRT link bridge between T3 and T2, and the link bridges leading to Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel). Taxi stands at T1 and T3 will be consolidated, with one serving each terminal. On the airside, several finger piers in T1 and T3 will not be used for flights until demand returns.

During the current circuit breaker period in Singapore, F&B outlets at Changi Airport are open for takeaways, and essential services such as pharmacies continue to serve airport staff and the public in the airport’s public areas, including Jewel. The list of operating outlets can be found on Changi Airport’s website.

Even as terminal operations are scaled down during this period, CAG continues to work closely with its airline and airport partners and stands ready to restart operations at T4 as soon as a sufficient number of flights return to the terminal.


Singapore has banned transit, and all arriving passengers are either citizens or permanent residents of the city-state.

Outgoing passengers are either foreigners returning to their homes or Singaporeans going to destinations, still allowing incoming passengers.

Two of the airport’s four terminals are closed while they have already begun the process of brand new Terminal 5 that is scheduled to open around 2030.