SINGAPORE — Singapore Changi Airport will reopen Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 3 (T3) to the public on 1 September, with additional COVID-19 related safeguards in place, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Changi Airport Group (CAG) on Friday (27 August).
In a joint statement, CAAS and CAG said that more than 80 per cent of the retail and food and beverage (F&B) outlets at T1 and T3 will resume operations.
At the T3 Arrival Hall, parts of the area have been converted into a staff rest area. The F&B and retail outlets located at T3 Arrival Hall will be temporarily closed to the public with this zonal segregation. A dedicated dining area has been set up at T3 Basement 2 next to the Kopitiam food court just for airport staff, to minimise their public interaction.
The air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation systems at the terminals have also been enhanced given the threat from the more transmissible COVID-19 variants.
The new health safety measures complement the zonal segregation in the transit areas already in place at Changi since May. Only professional meet-and-greet services such as those from hotels and transport services will be able to meet and greet arriving passengers from low-risk countries in the Arrival Halls.
These representatives have to present the passenger’s flight itinerary to gain entry into the meeting area when the flight has landed. Only one representative is allowed to pick up each arriving passenger group. Other passengers from low-risk countries can pre-arrange their own transport such as taxi services or be picked up by family and friends at the terminal’s Arrival Pick-up kerbside.
Han Kok Juan, Director-General of the CAAS, said, “We are satisfied with the safeguards put in place by Changi Airport Group and the airport community for the reopening of Terminals 1 and 3. As Singapore takes cautious steps to further reopen our borders, we need to ensure that Changi Airport remains a safe airport for travellers coming into and transiting through Singapore, airport workers and the general public.”
Lee Seow Hiang, CAG CEO, said, “With the reopening of Changi Airport’s terminals to visitors, we continue to work with the authorities and our airport partners to put in place and maintain multiple layers of safety measures.”
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