Qantas to move QantasLink to Sydney Airport T3 terminal

Qantas to move QantasLink to Sydney Airport T3 terminal

Qantas will shift all Sydney flights for its regional QantasLink arm from Sydney Airport's Terminal 2 to the dedicated T3 Qantas Domestic Terminal from August 15.

QantasLink flies one million passengers each year through Sydney T2, with a scheduled 300 flights per week.

The move will streamline transfers and speed connections for QantasLink passengers, both onto domestic and international Qantas flights.

"Bringing Qantas domestic flights and QantasLink together in the one terminal at Sydney Airport is a major milestone for Qantas and will improve the customer experience, as well as our on time performance" the airline says.

It will also give QantasLink travellers access to the airline's best Qantas Business Lounge and Qantas Club.

Terminal 2 Qantas Club to close

Earlier this year a Qantas spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller that Jetstar flights will remain at T2, but confirmed that T2's Qantas Club lounge will close once QantasLink shifts to T3.

"The T2 Qantas lounge will continue to operate while QantasLink is in the terminal and close thereafter" she said.

"Jetstar has no plans to take over the lounge. Eligible Qantas lounge passengers travelling on Jetstar will be able to visit Qantas lounges in T3."

However, the airline has no plans to expand either of its T3 lounges to cope with an increase in travellers.

"Our lounge facilities in T3 have capacity for QantasLink customers" the spokesperson said, adding that "different peaks in the QantasLink and Qantas schedule will also assist in managing resources."

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

27 comments

  • DrTGanguly

    DrTGanguly

    17 Apr, 2013 09:56 am

    Any news yet on the fate of the QC in T2??

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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    17 Apr, 2013 10:03 am

    It could get "enhanced out of existence"- no more QC for JQ flights....

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    17 Apr, 2013 10:51 am

    "enhanced out of existence" LOL good stuff tronixstuff!

    That's almost as good as "efficiency dividend"!!

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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    17 Apr, 2013 06:13 pm

    The scary thing is that I was right :)

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  • madge

    madge

    17 Apr, 2013 10:17 am

    Maybe it will turn into a JQ pay-in lounge?

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  • David Flynn

    David

    17 Apr, 2013 03:05 pm

    Qantas has just advised us that the Qantas Club in T2 will be closing, and Jetstar won't be taking it over (article now updated to relfect this).

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  • David Flynn

    David

    17 Apr, 2013 12:24 pm

    We've already put that question (among others) to Qantas and await their response.. 

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  • CL9

    CL9

    17 Apr, 2013 10:38 am

    Saying that T3 has a far superior range of shops over T2 is very debatable, I for one find T2 shopping better than T3...

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  • pungpui

    pungpui

    17 Apr, 2013 12:34 pm

    T2 has maccas!  The only excuse to have hotcakes and hash browns for breaky....

    Hungry Jacks just doesnt do it!

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  • David Flynn

    David

    17 Apr, 2013 01:20 pm

    Pungpui, are you trying to start a Macca vs Hungry jacks flamewar? Because "the burgers are better at Hungry Jacks!"

    (Seriously, give me a bacon double-cheese and side of onion rings over a Big Mac any day!)

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  • chrisjrn

    chrisjrn

    17 Apr, 2013 02:56 pm

    flame-grilled flamewar.

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  • watson374

    watson374

    17 Apr, 2013 06:55 pm

    I am a Whopper, and I am Angry.

    XD

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  • David Flynn

    David

    17 Apr, 2013 03:12 pm

    CL9, I'll have to own up to the statement that T3 has a superior range of shops to T2! :P

    And I admit to meaning retail shops per se, not food outlets – T2's got some great options for eating and drinking, especially the newer ones opened last year (and yes Pungpui, it also has a Maccas, LOL, although I still reckon Hungry Jacks beats Maccas any day!).

    So I was speaking of more 'upmarket' retail, more quality than quantity, and definitely not of food, something I should have been clearer on. For penance, I think I'll have to have a McMuffin and thickshake (mind you, have you ever tried dunking french fries into a thickshake? Now that's a treat!)

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  • CL9

    CL9

    17 Apr, 2013 07:05 pm

    Yeah, I agree T3 has substantially more high end retail, but I find T2 has more of the bare essentials that I look for- cheap and good coffee, newsagencies and chemists etc...

    Also, french fries + thickshake= YUCK! :P (Hungry Jacks is better anyway)

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  • David Flynn

    David

    17 Apr, 2013 07:24 pm

    "french fries + thickshake= YUCK!" - don't knock it till you've tried it (or french fries dipped in a chocolate ice-cream sundae, for that matter!).

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  • CL9

    CL9

    17 Apr, 2013 07:28 pm

    Ehh, it must taste better than I think... I'll have to try it one day.

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  • Amjid

    Amjid

    3 Aug, 2013 12:07 pm

    I concur with you David.. The chips & ice-cream is nice. 

    Have you tried salt & vinegar chips (packet ie: Smiths) with ice-cream... a taste sensation.

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  • David Flynn

    David

    3 Aug, 2013 12:16 pm

    "Have you tried salt & vinegar chips (packet ie: Smiths) with ice-cream... a taste sensation" - you're having me on, surely..?

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  • Amjid

    Amjid

    3 Aug, 2013 01:43 pm

    I didnt say it was a 'good' taste senstation - merely a 'sensation'... lol

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  • readosunnycoast

    readosunnycoast

    17 Apr, 2013 11:12 am

    Who says the shopping is better?  It might be a bit more "upmarket" but is that really better. I thought better meant more appropriate for more customers.

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  • CL9

    CL9

    17 Apr, 2013 11:15 am

    Exactly!

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  • nix584

    nix584

    17 Apr, 2013 11:43 am

    Who really goes shopping in the terminal for anything more than a magazine/book/newspaper or a bottle of water or some snacks?

    I have never really understood why airports have clothing, jewellery, music or speciality shops in them. Luggage, maybe. Newsagents and/or convenience stores, yes. BNE Domestic has just had a Victoria's Secret store open! If you haven't bought it by the time you're at the airport, you probably don't need it.

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  • madge

    madge

    17 Apr, 2013 01:14 pm

    The stores are there for those without lounge access and have 1-2 hours to kill before their flight.

    Or for people who have lost their luggage.

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  • mitchimus

    mitchimus

    17 Apr, 2013 03:41 pm

    from the number of specialty shops in airports around the world I'd have to think that plenty of people shop in airports...guess this is where i have to own up to the fact that I have done it on plenty of occassions, especially when I have had long waits in airports..soemtimes you just have to get out of the lounge before you go stir crazy!

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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    17 Apr, 2013 06:15 pm

    They get you on the impulse buys. I bought some "angry birds" pillows for a niece from that "tech2go" shop, and some jewellery and scarves for ms. t now and again. 

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  • moa999

    moa999

    2 Aug, 2013 12:55 pm


    Definitely there for "impulse" buys and priced for the "convenience factor"... you definitely won't find a bargain.

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  • othy

    othy

    2 Aug, 2013 01:57 pm

    I won't miss the disinterested staff at the entrance at T2's QC; all the more reason to hit up VA's offering - kerbside entrance to the Lounge etc.

    (Upon reflection - I will miss the bar staf at T2 QC - lovely bunch who were much friendlier and engaging than those on reception).

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