• Sydney Airport begins charging UberX passenger pickup-up fee

    Travellers arriving into Sydney Airport's domestic terminals will have to dig a little deeper when it comes to paying for an UberX ride to the office or home. A new Priority Pick-up area, now open near the T2 and T3 terminals, will see ride-share drivers from the likes of UberX and Go Car paying...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • Could Heathrow possibly become the world's best airport..?

    London's Heathrow Airport is among the world’s busiest airports, but nobody would suggest it comes anywhere near close to being among the world’s best airports. An ambitous £16 billion (A$28bn) expansion plan could change all that. Heathrow Airport's multi-billion makeover wou...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2016 27 Comments

  • Sydney Airport UberX passengers to be charged $4 pickup fee

    UberX and Go Car passengers will pay a minimum $4 surcharge for being picked up at Sydney Airport’s domestic terminals from September 13. The fee will also apply to pre-booked taxis and friends and family collecting travellers from the new Priority Pick-up zone – currently a free pub...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2016 39 Comments

  • Where is Sydney Airport's international terminal Uber pickup zone?

    Where is the pick-up zone for UberX and Go Car at Sydney Airport's international terminal? Ridesharing services like UberX and Go Car can use the public Express Pickup area marked in green on the map below, which is a short walk from the international T1 terminal. Uber Black cars use the...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Where is Sydney Airport's domestic terminal UberX pickup zone?

    Where is the pick-up zone for UberX and Go Car at Sydney Airport's domestic Qantas and Virgin Australia terminals? Sydney Airport has set aside a new Priority Pick-up zone for ridesharing services like UberX and Go Car which opens September 19. It's located past the end of the T2 and T3 do...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • How can I get an Express Path card for Sydney Airport?

    How can I get an Express Path pass to use the fast-track departure security and immigration lanes at Sydney Airport’s T1 international terminal? Express Path cards for Sydney Airport’s international terminal are issued to all travellers checking in at the business class and first cla...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2016 3 Comments

  • Nationwide airport strikes this weekend mean customs, immigration delays

    If you're flying out of Australia today, pad your travel schedule with plenty of extra time due to a 24 hour strike at airports across Australia. Staff from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection kicked off the industrial action from midnight, in an effort to bring the government to...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2016 6 Comments

  • The future of airports: one-stop security, passport control?

    SmartGates and security screening technology could soon be combined to create a ‘one stop shop’ for departing international passengers under a radical new plan by the New Zealand Government. Representing a massive overhaul of the current process – whereby travellers first queue...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • New Zealand plans trial of 'trusted traveller' fast-track program

    Business travellers arriving internationally into New Zealand will soon be able to take advantage of a ‘trusted traveller’ scheme, providing a fast-track service through passport control and a dedicated processing lane at quarantine for a quick exit. Flagged as part of a two-year tri...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2016 9 Comments

  • SmartGates are now smart enough to handle long names on passports

    Here's good news if your name contains more than 24 characters: you'll finally be able to use the SmartGates at Australian airports, rather than join the queue for manual processing. Yes, it turns out that the SmartGates tended to be a little dumb when it came to reading passports where the name...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2016 4 Comments

  • Hong Kong Airport: Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Oneworld lounge transit guide

    Hong Kong International Airport boasts a wealth of Oneworld lounges, thanks mostly to being the home port of Cathay Pacific in addition to the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge. Many travellers in transit at Hong Kong airport like to sample several of these lounges, especially the newest ones, between the...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2016 10 Comments

  • Travel tip: drop your bags at Hong Kong's CBD airline check-in desks

    Most travellers lug their own baggage to the airport and drag it to an airline’s check-in desk, but in Hong Kong, why not take advantage of the free in-town check-in counters for Airport Express passengers? Offered by most airlines including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and m...

    POSTED 10 Jun, 2016 14 Comments

  • Your guide to transiting Doha's Hamad International Airport

    Doha's relatively new Hamad International Airport connects Qatar Airways passengers across the globe, particularly from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to a host of European destinations including London, Paris, Rome and Frankfurt. After touching down, your transit begins by following the ...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2016 5 Comments

  • Heathrow Express increases 'turn up, pay and go' fares

    London’s Heathrow Express will increase same-day ‘turn up, pay and go’ fares for peak hour travel from Monday June 6. One-way fares between Heathrow Airport and Paddington station will rise from £22 to £24 for Express Saver economy tickets bought online, from t...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2016 3 Comments

  • Sydney Airport duty free gets a traveller-friendly facelift

    Sydney Airport duty free has become a bit more hassle-free over the past twelve months. Gone is the bottleneck of the old SYD Duty Free store, which funnelled passengers from the security screening channels through a snaking path cluttered by shelves of cosmetics and alcohol. In its place: more...

    POSTED 10 May, 2016 9 Comments

  • New 'VIP passenger' channel for Sydney, Melbourne airports?

    Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Airports will introduce a new 'premium arrivals' system under plans revealed in this week's Federal Budget. The proposal would extend beyond the Express Path lanes currently available to first class and business class travellers and include escorted 'fast-tracking' fr...

    POSTED 5 May, 2016 8 Comments

  • Canberra Airport reveals new international departures lounge

    As the start of international flights between Canberra, Singapore and Wellington inches closer, Canberra Airport has pulled back the curtain on the design of its new departures lounge. Work on the gate lounge is already underway ahead of the September 21 launch of Singapore Airlines ‘Cap...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2016 3 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport SkyBus launches new St Kilda-Airport route

    Melbourne Airport's SkyBus will begin running a new shuttle service between St Kilda and Tullamarine Airport this year. Having taken over the route currently being managed by Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle, the iconic red SkyBus fleet – which now includes free WiFi – will se...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2016 12 Comments

  • New LAX terminal connector means quicker transits, more lounges

    Los Angeles' new connector between Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal is now open, promising faster connections between flights at LAX and also opening up more lounge options between flights. The big winners are travellers connecting from a domestic American Airlines flight to...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2016 19 Comments

  • Your guide to United Airlines flight connections at LAX

    Los Angeles' LAX Airport acts as a virtual springboard between Australia's east coast and the rest of the United States, allowing easy and one-stop access between Down Under and major cities like New York, Chicago, Houston and Boston. With United Airlines flying daily to LA from both Sydney and ...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2016 3 Comments

  • Wolfgang Puck comes to Sydney Airport

    Sydney Airport is gunning for gourmet cred with the latest restaurants to open at the T1 international terminal. Wolfgang Puck is headlining a push into fine food and beverage with The Bistro, which will open before mid-year and serve "modern Italian fare including gourmet pasta and wood-fired p...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2016 10 Comments

  • Canberra revs up to become Sydney's 'alternative' airport

    Canberra Airport will finally see its international ambitions takes flight this week, with Singapore Airlines tipped to announce a Singapore-Canberra service running four days a week. It's the first step in the nation's capital – which has to date only seen domestic flights – becomin...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2016 17 Comments

  • Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou to offer six-day visa-free stopovers

    Chinese cities Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou will double the country’s 72-hour visa-free stopover window by rolling out the red carpet for up to six days for transiting travellers, avoiding the need to apply for a conventional Chinese visa. That means a business traveller could fly from S...

    POSTED 6 Jan, 2016 4 Comments

  • Star Alliance plans Gold Track priority airport immigration lanes

    Business and first class passengers along with top-tier frequent flyers on Star Alliance airlines will enjoy VIP treatment at the immigration desks of selected airports from next year. The new Gold Track Immigration program will complement the existing Gold Track security lanes (below) already e...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2015 12 Comments

  • Australian government considers axing airport departure cards

    There could be one less bit of paperwork standing between you and your flight – or even better, your airport lounge – from next year, as the Federal Government looks to ditch those green departure forms for outbound travellers. The cards would be put out to pasture in favour of autom...

    POSTED 8 Dec, 2015 30 Comments

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