Post-lockdown, the first commercial flights have landed at and departed Seletar Airport which is managed by Changi Airport Group (CAG) on June 13. CAG will also be reopening Terminal 4 (T4) and commencing departure operations in the southern wing of Terminal 2 (T2) in September and October respectively this year.
Flight FY3124 by Malaysian airline, Firefly, departed from Subang, Malaysia, and arrived at Seletar Airport in the morning of June 13. The same plane later took off for Subang.
Subang-Singapore is Firefly’s first international route to resume since the pandemic.
To prepare for the resumption, CAG conducted “multiple operational trials and systems tests” with Seletar’s airport partners, according to CAG and Firefly in a joint press release.
Airport staff were involved in refresher training sessions and CAG also engaged taxi companies to raise awareness.
Firefly will now operate two return flights a day between Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang and Seletar Airport.
Additionally, the upcoming reopening of T2 and T4 will add to Changi Airport’s operating capacity and enable it to meet the full recovery of pre-Covid-19 passenger traffic in the Northern Winter Season (NW22/23) beginning October 30.
Since travel protocols were relaxed on April 1 this year, passenger traffic at Changi Airport has recovered strongly, reaching 48 per cent of pre-Covid levels for the first week of June 2022.
In response to this pick-up in air travel, airlines have requested to launch more flights for NW22/23.
T4’s reopening will handle both departure and arrival flights, and CAG has begun engaging with airlines, airport partners and potential tenants for preparation.
Airlines previously operating at T4 will return to the terminal upon its reopening – CAG will work with them on the relocation details.
Departure operations in the southern wing of T2 will resume in October, while expansion and upgrading works in the northern wing are ongoing. Passengers arriving at T2 can look forward to brand new stores by The Shilla Duty Free and Lotte Duty Free in August and September respectively, as well as up to four F&B concepts in October.
Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of CAG, said: “The fast rebound in travel demand has given us great encouragement to prepare Changi Airport for the full recovery of passenger volume back to pre-Covid-19 levels. The additional capacity offered by T4 and T2 will put Changi Airport in a good position to capture this recovery and support the business and operational needs of airlines.
“To support the travel recovery, our airport partners have been actively recruiting more manpower to fill various positions in the airport, from frontline staff to airside workers. At the same time, we are accelerating efforts to secure more tenants for the two terminals, to better serve our passengers.”