Flights resume at Changi Airport Terminal 2 after fire

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 18, 2017

Forty flights at Terminal 2 of Changi Airport have been affected Tuesday following a small fire in a room holding air conditioning equipment, says Changi Airport.

Police earlier said they had been notified of a fire in the terminal's departures hall.

The Singapore Civil Defense Force said firefighters arrived within minutes and put out a small fire.

Passengers gather at Changi International Airport terminal 3 after being evacuated from terminal 2 due to a fire, in Singapore on May 16, 2017.

Changi Airport officials said the fire alarm was activated at about 5:40 p.m. local time as smoke came through the air vents.

Additional manpower and resources were moved to Terminal 3 to handle the flights, check-in and baggage, and airport staff were also on the ground to help direct passengers, the media release said.

The annual retail promotion 'Be a Changi Millionaire' by Changi Airport Singapore has added a new Volvo S90 T5 sedan as one of its prizes in addition to the reward of one million Singapore dollars (US$721,250). "Changi Airport will work with authorities to investigate the incident".

"I am very anxious now because we have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning for my daughter who fractured her arm, so it's quite urgent", he told AFP.

A Russian tourist who identified himself only as Alexander expressed hope his flight to Moscow would not be cancelled.

As for complaints that up to 1,000 passengers were stuck on the tarmac for up to four hours, he said the original plan was to hold them there until T2 was given the all- clear.

More than 58. million worldwide passengers passed through Changi Airport past year.

Changi Airport, one of the world's busiest airports, serves more than 100 airlines flying to some 380 cities in about 90 countries.

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