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A warning from Sydney Airport

Since my daughter started school last year, school holidays have rarely been about people going far. Instead, we’d swap bush walk recommendations with our sourdough starters, but this Easter Stephanie’s family is going to Tasmania, Thomas’ is going to Queensland and we’re having friends visit from Melbourne. 


But because COVID’s still about and it’s been awhile since people have set foot in an airport, Sydney Airport has “encouraged” domestic travellers to arrive two hours before their departing flight this Easter school holidays in what’s expected to be the busiest period for domestic air travel in two years.



Previously domestic travellers were advised to arrive one hour before the departure of their flight. The general guidance for arriving ahead of international flights remains unchanged at three hours prior to departure.


“Domestic passenger numbers have nearly doubled over the past six months, and we are anticipating this Easter school holidays to be the busiest the airport’s been since the start of the pandemic,” Greg Hay, Sydney Airport General Manager of Operations, said.


“To help manage queues at security checkpoints and make sure everyone gets away on time, we’re encouraging domestic travellers to arrive two hours ahead of their scheduled departure.


“We know arriving two hours ahead is going to mean some early starts but we want to see everyone clear security quickly and safely and get to where they’re going.” 


“We’ve also noticed people are a little out of practice with security protocols, for example not taking laptops and aerosols out of their bag at screening points, which is contributing to the queues.


“Safety is the most important thing at Sydney Airport, and we want to thank everyone who is travelling during the Easter school holidays for their patience.”


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Published: 28 March 2022

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