Changi Terminal 2 gearing up for return of departing passengers
Singapore Changi is to re-open the southern wing of Terminal 2 for departure operations next month following the resumption of arrival operations at the terminal in May this year.
The commencement of departure operations at T2 on October 11 will add to Changi’s capacity and spread out passenger operations more evenly across the airport’s terminals as travel demand continues to grow in the lead-up to the year-end travel peak.
Airlines operating at Terminal 2
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be the first airline to use the new check-in rows at T2. From October 11, SIA flights to Malaysia and Thailand will depart from T2. All other SIA flights flying to the rest of South East Asian destinations will depart from T2 from October 13.
SIA flights arriving in Changi will continue to be assigned gates at Terminals 1, 2 or 3. Meeters and greeters are advised to check the terminal assigned two hours before the estimated flight arrival time.
Two other airlines – Air India (AI) and Air India Express (IX) – will also move to T2 to start operations on October 18. The list of other airlines using T2 will be announced subsequently.
Refreshed design features in Terminal 2
According to Changi Airport Group (CAG), passengers will be greeted with a refreshed terminal design that is not only welcoming, but also more spacious.
They note that T2’s contemporary design concept is inspired by elements of nature. For instance, the extensive use of natural materials for wall cladding and flooring, coupled with giant green columns displaying a unique plant palette, engenders a sense of calm and relaxation for passengers and visitors.
CAG states: “T2 has been designed to enhance the check-in and wayfinding experience for passengers.
“Automated check-in kiosks will be available for passengers who prefer to self-serve, before dropping off their luggage at the baggage check-in counters. Thereafter, they can proceed to clear immigration via the automated immigration clearance gates.”
The southern wing of T2 will offer a variety of F&B and retail offerings in the public and transit areas. In addition, says CAG, a number of familiar shops and services will also be returning to their original store locations prior to T2’s upgrading, such as Starbucks and SingPost.
T2’s transit hotel and pay-per-use lounge will be open to departing and transit passengers. Eligible Singapore Airlines customers may use the SilverKris Lounge at T2.
When the northern wing of T2 is fully completed by 2024, passengers can expect even more interesting F&B and retail options, as well as new attractions that will enhance their travel experience through Changi.
In the weeks ahead, CAG will be conducting more operational readiness trials with airline and airport partners to ensure that all systems and processes are in place for a smooth opening of T2’s southern wing.
Tan Lye Teck, CAG’s executive vice president of airport management, said: “With a refreshed design, upgraded systems and a high degree of automation across the passenger journey, T2 will enable Changi to serve our passengers better as we prepare for a busier year-end holiday peak.”