FLYING INTO SINGAPORE
Singapore is to gradually allow passengers to transit at Changi Airport from 2 June 2020.
Since 23 March 2020, all visitors have been barred from entering, or transiting at, Changi Airport because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, flights into Singapore have dived from around 7,000 to just 80 a day.
In terms of human traffic, that translates to around 170,000 to about 100 arrival and 700 departure passengers daily.
Changi Airport has already closed Terminal 2 and 4 because of the downturn in air travel.
Presently, foreign passengers can only transit at Changi Airport if they are on repatriation flights organised by their governments.
Even with the latest announcement, stringent measures will be imposed to ensure transit passengers remain in designated facilities within the transit area and do not mix with other passengers at the airport.
Airlines will first have to submit proposals for transfer lanes at Changi Airport.
Most carriers have already suspended flights into Singapore because of the pandemic.
Given that transit passengers do not comprise the bulk of their load, it is questionable if there is a huge demand to come to Singapore since visitors have to serve a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.