Flying In & Out Of Australia? Be Early As Sydney Airport Gears Up For Biggest Holiday Season

Sydney airport gears up for its biggest holiday season in four years.

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Flying In & Out Of Australia? Be Early As Sydney Airport Gears Up For Biggest Holiday Season

People flying in and out of Australia, kindly pay attention! Here is some news for you. Sydney Airport is expecting an extremely busy holiday season this month and into early January. 2.6 million passengers are expected to pass through the major Australian airport between December 14 and January 3, making it the busiest Christmas period in four years.

Sydney Airport Gears Up For Biggest Holiday Season

The Airport forecasts 500,000 more passengers than during the Christmas holiday in 2022, representing a 95% recovery over the same period in 2019. Additionally, because it will be a busy time, travellers are advised to arrive at the airport early to minimise problems. 

Domestic travellers should check in two hours before departure if they are checking in bags, and one hour before departure if they just have hand luggage. International travellers should arrive three hours before departure, unless instructed otherwise by their carriers. 

The staff at Sydney Airport, according to CEO Scott Charlton, is eager and prepared to greet visitors for the busiest holiday season in the airport’s history—four years. He stated in a statement on Thursday that they are thrilled to see so many people travelling to visit loved ones and discover this wonderful country. 

According to him, airline capacity to numerous important foreign destinations, such as the US, China, South Korea, Indonesia, and Vietnam, is now back to capacity or higher. The border with mainland China is open for the first Christmas holiday since 2019, and demand is high, with seat capacity returning to pre-Covid levels as they approach 2024.

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International Tourism Is Growing

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He stated that although it’s wonderful to see so many Australians travelling overseas, they are equally eager to welcome a surge of foreign tourists. He noted that international tourism is growing and is nearly back to pre-pandemic levels. 

According to the announcement, 1.1 million people are anticipated to transit through the T1 international terminal, which is approximately 300,000 more than the previous year, or a 34% increase. 

It is anticipated that 1.5 million domestic passengers will pass through the T2 and T3 domestic terminals in total, which is approximately 200,000 more than the previous year, or a 16% increase.  (As per

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New Scheme To Shorten Wait Time

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The airport has introduced a new scheme that it claims will shorten luggage wait times, which should help lower wait times during this time.

Ground handling firms that transport suitcases to carousels at baggage reclaim in the T1 international airport more quickly will split a $250,000 monthly fund.

In a statement, it clarified that airlines, not Sydney Airport, use ground handler businesses, and it stated that the long-term objective is to eliminate customer wait times of more than ten minutes at luggage carousels. 

The transfer bus stops have been moved closer to the terminals, new signage has been installed at strategic points, and new transfer check-in services have been added at T1 International.

Since the beginning of the year, 95% of domestic travellers and 90% of international passengers have cleared security in less than five minutes, according to the airport. 

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