TRAVEL TIP | We’re certainly fans of the substantial improvements in the departures area of Sydney Airport’s T1 international terminal.
What used to be a cramped and cluttered duty-free chicane has made way for a spacious retail zone with a clear wide lane from security and immigration straight to the central atrium and Qantas lounges.
However, all outbound passengers continue to be funnelled through this area – even if they’re headed for the southern wing of the terminal used by airlines include Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Etihad.
So here’s a little shortcut to save you taking the scenic route if you’re headed straight for those airlines’ lounges.
Once through T1 security, peel off towards the right side of the sprawling Heinemann Duty Free store and toward the TRS Tax Refund signs, then head into the narrow TRS Tax Refund corridor.
(If it’s a busy morning you’ll need to cut past the queue of travellers lining up for their 10% GST rebate.)
The TRS claims desk is off to the right, but straight ahead you’ll see signs towards gates 50-63 and the associated airline lounges.
This shortcut is especially useful during busy peak periods such as school holidays.
Other time-saving AusBT shortcuts
- How frequent flyers can get fast-lane access at Hong Kong airport
- Get fast-track passport clearance at Singapore's Changi Airport
- Free Heathrow Express first class upgrade for Star Alliance Gold