Home News Featured News Pritam Singh found it "surreal" to walk through the almost barren Changi...

Pritam Singh found it “surreal” to walk through the almost barren Changi Airport

Mr Pretam Singh recalled his childhood days when his mother brought him and his sister to visit the airport in 1981

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh, who took his daughters out for an ice cream treat over the weekend, recounted how he found it “surreal” to walk through the almost barren Changi Airport.

Recalling childhood memories of trips to Changi Airport in the 80s, Mr Singh added that he hopes the emptiness he saw at the airport would be a “once in a lifetime occurrence”. He wrote:

“Aviation has always been a special interest of mine. My mom brought my sister and I when we were 5 and 7 years of age (or thereabouts!) to Changi Airport when it opened in 1981.
“Taking an Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62 to New Delhi to visit my grandparents barely a few years later, watching planes take-off and land close up from the now secured part (post 9/11) of Changi Village Road overlooking the West Perimeter Road, are memories that don’t seem so distant.
“And so, it was a surreal experience moving around from the Jewel to Terminal 1 to a very barren Terminal 3 with so few travellers milling about after our ice-cream treat. Thought I ought to take some pictures of what I hope will be a once in a lifetime occurrence. Looking forward to coming back here very soon, in very different circumstances.”

The COVID-19 pandemic, which hit Singapore in January this year, decimated the air travel industry all over the world.

Terminal 2 was suspended for 18 months from 1 May while  Terminal 4 was shut indefinitely on 16 May. The once-thriving airport quickly became almost deserted when virus prevention restrictions around the world severely depressed air travel demand.

- Advertisement -

The pandemic’s impact on Changi Airport was palpable to Mr Singh when he visited the premises with his family over the weekend. Mr Singh, who serves as the secretary-general of the Workers’ Party, said it was “surreal” to see the ordinarily bustling airport look so barren, in a Facebook post published on Tuesday (29 Sept).

Ladies Night @ Changi——————————-Brought my daughters to Changi Airport for an ice-cream treat (Emack & Bolio’s 10/10!)…

Posted by Pritam Singh on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Annie Yi says whichever parent earns less must stay at home to care for their daughter

Taipei -- Annie Yi is known to be frank with her words. Netizens have been offended by Yi's brutal honesty but that does not stop her from speaking her mind. On the latest episode of talk show Be With You, Yi spoke up...

Videos of car lot snatchers go viral, motorists confirm it’s not uncommon

Singapore – The topic of car park snatchers became viral online after videos of recent incidents were shared on various Facebook pages. "Recently, there have been more ill-mannered drivers who insert their car ahead of those waiting for their lot," wrote Facebook...

Domestic helpers film TikTok videos, neglect elderly and child at Bukit Batok playground

Singapore – Five foreign domestic helpers were spotted neglecting their duties in caring for the elderly while they filmed TikTok videos. A group of domestic helpers at Bukit Batok Street 25 were filmed dancing for TikTok videos at a playground, leaving the...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent