Singapore's Changi Airport coronavirus restrictions: Travellers allowed to transit through airport from June 2

Singapore, a regional travel and tourism hub, will gradually allow travellers to transit through its Changi Airport from June 2, the city-state's aviation regulator said on Wednesday.

Currently, foreign passengers may only transit through Singapore if they are on repatriation flights arranged by their governments. In March, visitors were banned from entering or transiting through the city-state to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is part of Singapore's strategy to gradually re-open air transport to meet the needs of our economy and our people, whilst ensuring sufficient safeguards for safe travel," the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said.

It said airlines should submit their proposals for transfer lanes, which will be evaluated taking into account aviation safety, public health considerations, as well as the health of passengers and air crew.

Changi Airport, among the world's busiest last year, recorded 25,200 passenger movements in April, crashing 99.5 per cent from the year ago.

Singapore is set to start easing its coronavirus curbs from June 2. 

Last week, Changi Airport was named the world's best at the annual awards run by research firm Skytrax, for the eighth consecutive year..

A little over a year ago, Changi opened Jewel, a massive $1.7 billion expansion that added 90 new dining options and more than 200 new shops. It's centrepiece is a huge indoor waterfall that has quickly become a hit on Instagram (Take a look at Jewel in the photo gallery above).

Changi Airport opened its massive expansion, Jewel, last year.

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The awards, initially planned to be announced at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Paris in early April, were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, the awards were announced via a YouTube video, complete with canned applause.

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group, appeared with a pre-recorded message in the video standing in front of Jewel's waterfall.

"This has been a challenging year for all of us," he said. "Like everyone else, here at Changi we continue to do our best to safeguard and protect the health of our travellers, our visitors and our airport workers.

"Let's look forward to better times, and soon," he added.

with Reuters

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