Pandemic brought Singapore’s flight traffic to a standstillThe coronavirus outbreak significantly impacted the aviation industry, as travel restrictions has resulted in flight cancellations all over the world, with the Asia Pacific region being one of the worst hit. For Singapore, the number of direct flights had been reduced to just 49 cities, compared with 160 before the pandemic. This had resulted in the suspension of operations in two terminals, severely impacting air traffic in Singapore in comparison to other major cities.
As travel restrictions started to ease, fast lanes arrangements have been established since June 2020 to facilitate essential business and official travel between Singapore and Brunei, Japan, Mainland China, Malaysia, and the Republic of Korea. Even though some countries started to recover as the coronavirus spread started being contained, the desired level of recovery for the aviation industry may take at least several quarters or even years.