Will Changi Terminal 4 be suspending operations imminently?

Cathay Pacific is moving to Terminal 1 from tomorrow, which almost certainly seals Terminal 4's fate.

Earlier this month, Changi Airport Group (CAG) announced that it was suspending operations at Terminal 2 for 18 months, due to the dearth in air traffic caused by Covid-19. In the same statement, CAG also added that it was considering suspending operations at Terminal 4. In their words:

 If the remaining airlines at T4 choose to suspend or adjust their flight schedule, CAG will also consider suspending operations at T4 temporarily but with the objective of restarting operations quickly when airlines confirm the resumption of flights.

It appears a decision may already have been made…

Cathay Pacific is shifting operations to Terminal 1

Cathay Pacific sent an email to its customers today informing them that it will relocate to Changi Terminal 1 from tomorrow, Thursday, 16 April 2020. 

Screenshot credit: Long

Cathay’s website has also been updated to reflect this change:

This means the Cathay Pacific Lounge in Terminal 4 will be closing indefinitely, although I doubt anyone’s going to miss it at the moment. Cathay Pacific passengers at Terminal 1 will be invited to the dnata lounge instead.

Cathay Pacific Terminal 4 Lounge

Cathay Pacific Terminal 4 Lounge

For what it’s worth, Cathay Pacific has already drastically cut capacity out of Singapore, with just five flights scheduled for the rest of April.

The schedule picks up a bit in May with three flights per week scheduled, but it remains to be seen if these actually operate, given all that’s going on.

Terminal 4 will almost certainly suspend operations

Changi Terminal 4, in happier times | Photo Credit: CAG

The following airlines currently operate out of Terminal 4, at least on paper:

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  • AirAsia
  • Cebu Pacific Air
  • GoAir
  • GX Airlines
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Jeju Air
  • Juneyao Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Regent Airways
  • Spring Airlines
  • Urumqi Air
  • Vietjet Air
  • Vietnam Airlines

In reality, virtually all of them have suspended flights to Singapore, and there just isn’t a whole lot happening at Terminal 4 these days. A brief glance at tomorrow’s departures shows just two flights scheduled on Juneyao Airlines, and it’s doubtful they’ll even happen, given that there weren’t any departures from Terminal 4 today or yesterday.

So Cathay’s departure must surely be the nail in the coffin (or perhaps more accurately, CAG already made the decision to close Terminal 4 and hence relocated CX), and I expect we’ll get an announcement very soon.

Conclusion

It seems virtually certain that Changi Airport will now operate just two terminals, something I never dreamed I’d write. In the cold light of day, however, it just makes sense. With so few flights, why would you incur the utilities and manpower expense to run a virtual ghost town?

I suppose the good news is that Terminal 4’s suspension is likely to be much shorter than Terminal 2’s, and once air traffic picks up again we’re likely to see operations resume rather quickly.

We hope, we pray.

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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