Changi Airport Group (CAG) yesterday announced that operations at Terminal 4 (T4) will resume on 13 September 2022, following a more than two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a capacity of 16 million passengers per annum, the reopening of T4 will add to Changi Airport’s capacity, ensuring that the air hub can meet the increasing demand for air travel, and support airlines’ plans to launch more flights. Over the next two months, CAG will conduct various operational readiness trials with the airlines and airport partners to ensure the smooth restart of operations in T4.
Sixteen airlines will relocate to T4 progressively. Cathay Pacific and Korean Air will begin flight operations in T4 on 13 September 2022, followed by AirAsia Group on 15 September 2022. Cebu Pacific, Juneyao Air, Jeju Air, Bamboo Airways, and HK Express will do likewise on 20 September 2022. Other airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air and Thai VietJet Air will move to T4 on 22 September 2022, with Jetstar Group relocating to T4 on 25 October 2022.
T4’s high degree of automation throughout the airport journey from check-in to boarding, will enable airlines to benefit from productivity gains. T4 also has sufficient narrow-body boarding gates to facilitate the operations of airlines with predominantly narrow-body planes in their fleet, reducing the need for bussing operations.
However, Jetstar Group said in a separate statement that it has “no intention” of moving over to T4 and was disappointed that CAG chose to “unilaterally announce a plan to relocate (it) to T4 before any agreement has been reached”.
“A joint study was only agreed to be undertaken last week and this announcement completely disregards that agreement and the impact a move would have on our customers, people and operations,” said Jetstar.
“While we remain committed to working with CAG, today’s announcement by the airport ignores our concerns and goes against the spirit of the long-standing partnership we have built over the years,” it added. Jetstar has been operating at Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 since 2004.