LONDON – Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Jetstar Asia announced today that the airline will relocate its operations from Terminal 1 (T1) to Terminal 4 (T4) by 25 March 2023. The agreement follows the completion of a joint study by CAG and Jetstar Asia.
Changi Airport comments
Mr Lim Ching Kiat, CAG’s Managing Director of Air Hub Development, said, “CAG values Jetstar Asia as an airline partner and we are pleased to reaffirm our strategic partnership.”
“We have been working very closely with Jetstar Asia over the past few months to study intensively the potential impact of its move on passenger experience and its business.”
“Following the completion of our joint study, which included operational trials, we are glad to have reached agreement.”
“Jetstar Asia’s move will enable Changi Airport to optimise the use of its aircraft gates in order to meet increasing travel demand, especially during the early morning peak period. It will also create headroom for Jetstar Asia and other airlines to grow at Changi.”
With 17 gates to support narrow body aircraft, T4 provides ample gate capacity to support Jetstar Asia’s narrow body aircraft fleet and offers room for the airline to expand. It also reduces the need for the airline to have bussing operations to remote stands.
Jetstar Asia comments
Mr Barathan Pasupathi, Jetstar Asia’s CEO, said “I extend my appreciation to CAG and the many Jetstar team members who were involved in this critical joint study.”
“Our priority has always been to provide a safe operation while continuing to offer the excellent travel experience our customers have come to expect from Jetstar. Since launching our operations in Singapore 18 years ago, Jetstar has called Terminal 1 home.”
“During this time, we have welcomed more than 40 million customers on board our flights and extended our excellent product offering to premium airline partners including Qantas, Emirates and around 40 other codeshare and interline carriers.”
“Moving to Terminal 4 is the start of a new chapter. We are committed to continuing to ramp up our operation and plan for future growth, and we appreciate the assurances that CAG have given ahead of this move.”
Mr Lim added, “We recognise that Jetstar Asia requires more time to prepare for the relocation to T4. Hence, we have agreed to extend the timeline for its move by five months.”
“With the operational provisions that CAG has committed to support its relocation, Jetstar Asia can be assured that its interests, and those of its passengers, will be met.”
A rebalance across four terminals
With travel showing a strong rebound, there remains an urgent need for Changi Airport to quickly rebalance its traffic across its four terminals to meet the expected surge in demand.
T4 reopened on 13 September 2022, after more than a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and served about 350,000 passengers in its first month.
Fourteen airlines have successfully moved their operations to the terminal, including Air Asia Group, Cathay Pacific and Korean Air.