Last month we reported on Changi Airport Group’s announcement that it would reopen Terminal 4 in September 2022, thanks to a significant boost in travel demand after Singapore reopened her borders to fully vaccinated travellers from around the world.
Now there’s confirmation of an official reopening date for the facility of 13th September 2022, with sixteen airlines moving across to the terminal by late October 2022, including a surprise move for Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Australia.
The reopening of Terminal 4 in time for the northern winter season will primarily relieve the pressure from Terminal 1, with most airlines making the move from there.
Which airlines are moving to T4?
Here’s the full list of airlines moving to Terminal 4, based on the date their operations will shift from the existing terminals for each carrier.
Airlines moving to Changi T4
(AK, FD, QZ, Z2)
As you can see, practically all former T4 operators are making their way back to the terminal in September, with the addition of Bamboo Airways and HK Express who started operating at Changi since T4’s temporary closure in May 2020.
The biggest surprise is the addition of Jetstar Asia (3K) and Jetstar Australia (JQ) to the list of T4 tenants, with the group’s operations being split from parent company Qantas from 25th October this year.
This isn’t great news for Jetstar’s connecting passengers, since the carrier interlines with several T1 operators, not least Qantas and Emirates.
Jetstar passengers holding Qantas Platinum One, Platinum or Gold status will also have a much harder job of using the Qantas First Class and Business Class lounges over in T1 prior to their departure as a result of this move, with a ride on the airside shuttle bus adding to their journey time and cutting down on all-important lounge time.
Which airlines aren’t moving back?
The following airlines that formerly operated to and from Terminal 4 have not yet restarted passenger flights at Changi since the onset of the pandemic.
At the time of writing these carriers have also not announced any plans to fly to Singapore again by September 2022, when T4 reopens.
T4 Airlines yet to restart operations at Changi
|Operated 14 times weekly to Kuala Lumpur using Airbus A330s|
|Operated 4 times weekly to Bengaluru and 3 times weekly to Kolkata using Airbus A320s*|
|Operated 7 times weekly to Nanning and 7 times weekly to Lanzhou using Airbus A320s|
|Operated 3 times weekly to Haikou using Boeing 737-800s|
|Operated 3 times weekly to Dhaka using Boeing 737-700s|
|Operated 7 times weekly to Shanghai using Airbus A320s|
|Operated 5 times weekly to Urumqi via Wuhan using Boeing 737-800s|
* Go Air ceased flying to and from Singapore in early February 2020. This was unrelated to COVID-19.
These airlines, with 46 weekly departures between them, only accounted for around 9% of T4’s flight volumes pre-COVID.
As and when they reinstate services at Changi after September 2022, these carriers are expected to operate from T4 once again.
Both facilities are located on the mezzanine level above the main departures concourse, after immigration and security, and we’ve got reviews from our visits when they first opened, back in late 2017.
We expect the third-party Blossom Lounge will reopen to coincide with T4 flight departure timings.
CAG has already alluded to this in its press release.
The good news is that this facility was spared from the Priority Pass – Plaza Premium divorce of mid-2021, meaning many of our readers holding a credit card with a Priority Pass attached will still enjoy access here.
Unfortunately, Cathay Pacific is currently running a skeleton schedule of just three weekly departures from Singapore to Hong Kong, a far cry from its pre-COVID tally of 63 weekly flights to both Hong Kong and Bangkok.
At the time of writing, the airline is planning the same measly volume of flights from Changi in September 2022, when T4 reopens.
That would be nowhere near enough passenger volume to justify any opening of its own dedicated lounge, especially considering that no other oneworld carriers will fly from T4.
It will take a policy shift for Hong Kong’s borders and COVID-19 flight restrictions to allow the airline to ramp up flights from Changi and connect more significantly to its main hub once again.
In turn that will allow this top-notch lounge, complete with a great Noodle Bar, to open its doors again. Let’s hope for good news from Hong Kong in due course!
Changi’s ‘disconnected’ terminal
If you ever flew to or from Changi T4 prior to its closure, you’ll no doubt remember one relative uniqueness about it compared to the other terminals – it’s not physically connected to them!
Prior to COVID-19, T4 was linked to T2 (and the Airport MRT station) via 24-hour bus service, running every 10 minutes during the day or every 20 minutes overnight.
At the airside (transit) area of T4 beyond immigration and security, there was a bus link to T2’s gate F51 (which, incidentally, is in T2’s reopened section, so looks set to be reinstated). Before COVID-19, the T4⇄T2 service at the transit side ran every 24 minutes.
Here’s what CAG has announced for intra-terminal links from T4’s reopening.