Singapore Changi announced not too long ago that its Terminal 2 will be closing for 18 months with effect from 1 May 2020. This move was to allow renovation works to commence ahead of schedule, given the significant drop in passenger numbers due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As a result, airlines operating out of Terminal 2 have been reallocated to the remaining terminals at Changi. Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have also moved all its operations to Terminal 3 with effect from 8 Apr 2020.
In order to ensure that lounge operations remain cost effective, Singapore Airlines has also scaled back lounge operations in both Terminals 2 and 3. Given that there are now no Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights operating out of Terminal 2, the SilverKris Lounge for First and Business Class passengers, as well as the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge there have ceased operations.
Even with all Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights now operating out of Terminal 3, there really isn’t a need to maintain operations at all lounges there. As a result, only the Business Class section of the SilverKris Lounge at Terminal 3 will remain open until further notice. This means that The Private Room, First Class Lounge, and the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge in Terminal 3 would no longer be necessary, and they have since been closed to passengers.
With the closure of all Singapore Airlines Lounges in Changi, with the exception of the SilverKris Business Class Lounge in Terminal 3, this would mean that all passengers eligible for lounge access (i.e. Suites, First and Business Class passengers, and PPS Club and KrisFlyer Eilte Gold members) will be utilising the same lounge.
As per the Singapore Airlines website:
With passenger numbers dwindling down to the bare minimum, crowding at the lounge shouldn’t be an issue at all.
Singapore Airlines has also announced the closure of all of its SilverKris Lounges worldwide, given the plummeting demand for air travel.
The airline had also previously announced plans to renovate all lounges at Changi’s Terminal 3. As of now we can assume that the project is on schedule, but given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, it remains to be seen if there will be any revisions to the project timeline at all. Hopefully we can all look forward to a gradual easing of travel restrictions as the COVID-19 situation improves.