This shouldn’t come as a great shock, given how few flights Singapore Airlines are operating now, but the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge at Changi Terminal 3 will be closed from 28 March 2020 until further notice.
In the interim, KrisFlyer Elite Gold and Star Alliance Gold customers will be invited to the Business Class section of the SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3.
There’s a tinge of black humour about this, because I’ve always joked about how miserable the KrisFlyer Gold lounge was in comparison to the SilverKris lounge (no showers, toilets or champagne). While I imagine most people won’t mind the “upgrade”, I’m sure no one would have wanted it to come under these circumstances.
The Marhaba Lounge is certainly a lot nicer than the erstwhile KrisFlyer Gold lounge, with individual shower suites and a wider selection of F&B.
However, the question on my mind when I visited was how this 130-seat lounge was supposed to accommodate all of Singapore Airlines’ Terminal 3 departures, plus Star Gold Economy passengers on the numerous Star Alliance flights departing from Terminal 3 daily. Keep in mind, the facility already hosts China Airlines, Garuda, Myanmar National Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines, not to mention various lounge access programs.
In a way, I suppose Covid-19 has solved that problem, and with Singapore Airlines operating so few flights now, it probably doesn’t see the point in paying Marhaba an access fee when the SilverKris lounge is almost deserted (it could also be that Marhaba is just shuttering the facility, period).
Indeed, today’s schedule shows that Singapore Airlines is operating just 10 flights, of which seven are departing from Terminal 3 and three from Terminal 2. That’s as depressing to type as it is to read, I assure you.
SIN Singapore Changi SG [WSSS] SAT 28 Mar 2020 | Departures Carrier Flight From Depart To Arrive Status --------- ------ ---- -------- ---- -------- ------ SQ 237 SIN 00:25 MEL 10:50 CANCEL SQ 231 SIN 00:45 SYD 11:35 CANCEL SQ 306 SIN 01:10 LHR 07:20 CANCEL SQ 618 SIN 01:30 KIX 08:45 CANCEL SQ 241 SIN 07:05 SYD 17:55 SQ 213 SIN 07:40 PER 12:55 SQ 860 SIN 08:25 HKG 12:25 SQ 281 SIN 08:45 AKL 23:40 CANCEL SQ 802 SIN 08:55 PEK 15:00 SQ 308 SIN 09:00 LHR 15:20 CANCEL SQ 942 SIN 09:05 DPS 11:50 SQ 910 SIN 09:15 MNL 12:50 SQ 830 SIN 09:20 PVG 14:35 SQ 972 SIN 09:45 BKK 11:10 SQ 245 SIN 09:45 BNE 19:45 SQ 954 SIN 10:30 CGK 11:20 CANCEL SQ 878 SIN 11:30 TPE 16:20
The SilverKris lounge is no doubt an upgrade from the KrisFlyer Gold/Marhaba facility, but that’s cold comfort in these times. Anyway, no one should be traveling right now unless absolutely necessary, so I can’t imagine too many people will be affected.
If there’s one bright spark that could come out of all this, it’s that Singapore Airlines might bring forward its Changi lounge renovation schedule. I’m really excited to see what they have planned, and can’t wait to visit after all this Covid-19 madness passes.