Photo of Khaw Boon Wan from CNA

Singapore’s retiring Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has confirmed in a propaganda session that the government will be continuing the Terminal 5 project.

The T5 that has costed at least S$15 billion in construction will be suspended for two years:

“Singapore will pause the construction of the fifth terminal at its Changi Airport for at least two years.”

This is despite after closing down two existing airport terminals, Terminal 2 and 4. Earlier in April, the government announced that due to the coronavirus restrictions on air travel imposed around the world, Terminal 2 will not be operational until end 2022. Terminal 4 was closed indefinitely to cut operating losses from the extreme low usage.

Minister Khaw Boon Wan said he is “quite confident” the airline industry will recover, but he is unsure when because a vaccine has not being created.

None of the countries the Singapore government negotiated with are interested in a travel bubble with Singapore. Greece recently excluded Singapore from their proposal with 27 countries.

Singapore has secured only one arrangement for essential business travel, with China.

Singapore remains Asia’s biggest active coronavirus country cluster with hundreds of new cases being reported each day. The Singapore government is actively reducing the number of tests done each day to report lower figures.