Flight delays expected as Singapore restricts airspace during Trump-Kim summit

- A Monitor Report 07 Jun, 2018 | 3889 Views|-+
Singapore: Travellers arriving at and departing from Singapore during the planned US-North Korea summit is likely to result in delays as airspace would be restricted at one of Asia’s busiest airports.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) have confirmed that airspace restrictions over Singapore for the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, amidst increased security at Capella Hotel on Sentosa island.

The notice, published on the websites of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said both commercial and cargo flights over Singapore will be temporarily restricted for parts of June 11, 12 and 13.

All aircraft arriving into Singapore Changi Airport will be required to reduce speed and face some restrictions on runway use "for reasons of national security," the notice said.

A separate notice on the ICAO website warned aviators to keep clear of the Paya Lebar Air Base, a military facility in the island's east that has been used by US presidents on past visits. The notice said aircraft that breach the restrictions "may be intercepted".

As part of its preparations for the summit, Singapore has designated certain parts of the city as “special event areas” for June 10 to 14. These include the central region, which is home to its foreign ministry, the US embassy and several hotels, and Sentosa Island in the south, where the summit is scheduled to take place.

Items such as remotely piloted aircraft and public address systems will be prohibited in these areas throughout this period.

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