Singapore To Restrict Movement In its Airspace During Trump-Kim Summit
Singapore is putting in place security measures before Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un Summit on June 12 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Singapore's Ministry of Defence have issued a statement informing passengers and airlines of airspace restrictions over Singapore that will be in place from Jun 10, 8am, to Jun 14, 11.59pm.

Earlier on Wednesday, a notice to airmen was posted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The notice said airspace over Singapore will be temporarily restricted for parts of Jun 11, 12 and 13.

Singapore is set to host a summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on Jun 12.

Reuters reported that pilots have been informed to keep away from the Paya Lebar Military Airbase which has been used in the past by U.S. Presidents to land in Singapore.

Travellers are advised to expect delays for flights arriving at and departing from Singapore during this period, Singapore’s Defense Ministry and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said. Singapore’s airport is one of East Asia’s busiest international airport and has held onto its position of being the world's sixth busiest for international passenger traffic.

Apart from restrictions on its airspace, Singapore has also put in place other security arrangements before the historic summit. Sentosa Island and waters off its south-west beaches have been declared a "special event area" from June 10 to June 14, during which certain activities will be restricted and those entering may be subject to security checks.

A "special zone" within the area, which envelops Capella Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and Palawan Beach, will have even stricter security checks. Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) said precautionary security measures will be implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the vicinity of Capella hotel and selected areas on the island.

"SDC would like to reassure locals and tourists that it will be business as usual at Sentosa's various unique leisure offerings... (it) seeks the understanding and patience of guests, residents and other island stakeholders visiting the areas in the vicinity of Capella Singapore," a spokesman said.

June is the beginning of the peak period for Sentosa, which attracts some 19 million visitors annually.