Sydney Airport has scrapped plans to create alliance-based terminals as part of an extensive overhaul to take place over the next six years.
"After consulting with stakeholders and the community our concept has moved on from being an alliance concept to one based around specific airline requirements and (passenger) transfer flows" said Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather in a speech to the Australian British Chamber of Commerce.
Under the previous plan, the major overhaul of Australia's busiest airport would create two mega-terminals combining domestic and international operations, with airlines grouped according to their alliances.
The current domestic terminals (T2 and T3) were to be merged into a single hub for Qantas and Jetstar, plus all oneworld members operating out of Sydney – including British Airways, Cathay Pacific and MAS – along with the Red Roo's new chum Emirates.
All other international airlines would continue to fly from today's international Terminal 1, which would also become the home for Aussie challenger Virgin Australia and its partners – an extensive roster including Etihad, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Delta, which would also create a de facto Star Alliance hub.
Plans for the two intergrated terminals remain in place under the revised scheme, but Sydney Airport has not revealed details of how airlines would be allocated to those terminals.
A spokeswoman for Sydney Airport told Australian Business Traveller that more details would be forthcoming in the next few months.
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