Jewel Changi and Singapore Airport (Photo: DR)

The Changi Airport Group (CAG), which managesSingapore Airport

, announced on Monday, May 23 that operations at Terminal 2 (T2) will resume from May 29. This is the first phase of the reopening of the terminal, as the airport prepares to meet the increased passenger traffic in the coming months.

Closed for upgrades since May 2020, the gradual reopening of T2 will increase the airport’s capacity. When completed in 2024, the terminal’s capacity will increase by five million passengers a year to 28 million.

More automated immigration counters

During this first phase of the reopening of T2, the baggage claim, immigration arrival services and some boarding lounges will be operational. T2 will primarily handle peak arrival flights of airlines operating in Terminal 3 (T3). A small number of departing flights from T3 will be able to use the gates in T2. However, passengers on these flights will continue to check in and clear immigration at T3.

The expanded T2 will feature a larger arrivals immigration hall with more automated immigration runs. These facilities will be reserved for Singaporeans and residents who have registered their biometrics (iris and face) with the Immigration Authority. Some foreign visitors who are eligible for automatic passport scanning and facial recognition will also have access.

At the same time, a partial reopening of the departure and transit areas could take place as early as October. The timing of the reopening will depend on the results of a feasibility study. But also the availability of manpower and the evolution of traffic.

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In March, Singapore returned to monthly traffic of over one million passengers for the first time in two years. In April, traffic improved again, flirting with two million passengers. This represents an increase of over 1000% compared to the same month in 2021. With 4.5 million passengers over four months, Singapore’s traffic has already surpassed that of the entire year 2021. Last year, Changi welcomed only 3.5 million passengers, a level comparable to that of the 1970s

A development confirmed by Singapore Airlines. The company says it has returned to levels of traffic to Europe similar to those before the pandemic.