• Sydney Airport T1 becomes 'quiet terminal' with fewer announcements

    Sydney Airport’s international terminal will become a quieter place to relax and unwind when jetting abroad, with T1 transitioning to become a ‘quiet terminal’ from Monday September 17. While regular announcements will continue to be made at and around boarding gates, only &ldq...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • Can the Sydney Airport Gateway plan finally unlock road congestion?

    Sydney Airport's notorious traffic chokepoints could become a thing of the past under the Sydney Gateway plan, which has received the go-ahead from the NSW state government. The Sydney Gateway, slated to open in 2023, will create direct motorway access to the domestic and international term...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Sydney Airport proposes drive-up premium departures wing

    Sydney Airport hopes to spoil premium passengers with a dedicated wing where well-heeled travellers can stride straight from the kerb through immigration and to the lounge, and potentially board their flight directly from the lounge itself. It’s one of many prospects outlined in the airpor...

    POSTED 27 Aug, 2018 18 Comments

  • Sydney Airport axes its iPhone, Android flight apps

    Sydney Airport has dropped its iPhone and Android apps which let passengers track their domestic and international flights, including keeping an eye on changes to departure gates and delays to boarding. The apps are no longer available from the respective platform's app stores, and a spokesperso...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2018 8 Comments

  • Priority Pass now gets you into Sydney Airport's T2 Rex Lounge

    Priority Pass cardholders jetting through Sydney Airport can now access Regional Express’ Rex Lounge in Terminal 2 to relax and unwind before their flight. Situated past security screening, the lounge welcomes Priority Pass passengers travelling from Sydney with any airline – includi...

    POSTED 10 Apr, 2018 9 Comments

  • Qantas adds self-service check-in kiosks at Sydney Airport T1

    Qantas will begin moving to self-service check-in and baggage drop facilities at Sydney Airport's T1 international terminal this week. The kiosks are similar to those already used by Qantas at Sydney's T3 terminal. Passengers can check-in for their flights, collect their boarding pass and head s...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2018 34 Comments

  • Sydney Airport's T-Bus transfer between terminals is now free

    Transferring between Sydney Airport's international (T1) and domestic (T2, T3) terminals is a pain, but at least it's now a less expensive pain – indeed, the pain comes free. The airport has axed the $6 fare for its T-Bus service, which runs on a loop between the international and domestic...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2018 6 Comments

  • Tips for speeding your way through Sydney Airport

    Nobody likes standing in line at the airport, but you don’t always have to be a frequent flyer or a business class passenger to skip the queues and fast-track your way to the lounge, a restaurant or bar, or the boarding gate. Whether you’re flying within Australia or overseas, here a...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2018 16 Comments

  • Sydney Airport introduces flight updates via Facebook Messenger

    Departing on a flight from Sydney Airport, or on pick-up duty? You can now request flight updates via Facebook Messenger while on the move. It’s done by visiting the ‘flySYD’ Facebook page and sending through a private message containing your own flight number, or the flight nu...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2017 4 Comments

  • Sydney Airport to get a 1960s-themed airport hotel

    A penthouse bar, 'first class' and 'business class' guest rooms, a rooftop view of arriving and departing flights at nearby Sydney Airport, and even meeting rooms named Airbus and Boeing – Sydney's new Felix Hotel might just become the new hot spot for business travellers. Located at ...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • Sydney Airport wants to take Terminal 2 from drab to fab

    Sydney Airport is continuing its quest to take Terminal 2 from drab to fab – at least the airside portion of the terminal – with renovations designed to make T2 lighter, brighter and better for travellers. Portions of the terminal – primarily used by Virgin Australia and Jetsta...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2017 32 Comments

  • A time-saving shortcut for Qantas' Sydney T3 security line

    TRAVEL TIP | The next time you arrive at Sydney Airport's T3 domestic Qantas terminal only to face a long line at the security checkpoint, cast a glance to your far left for a time-saving shortcut. T3 has two security channels, you see: the main, centrally-located one which just about every...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 19 Comments

  • Australia’s slowest airport WiFi? Try Sydney Airport

    Sydney Airport has the slowest complimentary WiFi service of any major Australian airport, according to research published this week by Ookla: the company behind the popular Speedtest website and app. Using data taken from 5,492 individual speed tests performed across airports in Sydney, Melbour...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2017 13 Comments

  • Sydney Airport looks to biometrics for passport-free travel

    Biometrics could soon replace your passport when travelling internationally from Australia under ambitious plans tabled by Sydney Airport: doing away with manual inspection of passports and boarding passes in favour of facial recognition, allowing passengers to breeze through the terminal. Under...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2017 7 Comments

  • Now open: Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport

    Sydney Airport's new Mantra Hotel is now rolling out the welcome mat to travellers. It's the third hotel within the formal airport precinct, and located at Ross Smith Avenue, near the T2/T3 domestic terminals. This puts it a 15 minute stroll from an inbound domestic flight if you're travell...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • American Express ends Express Path access at Sydney Airport

    American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders will no longer be able to skip the queues at passport control and security screening when flying internationally from Sydney Airport, with access to the Express Path lanes ending on July 31 2017. Although traditionally reserved for business cla...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 14 Comments

  • Sydney Airport Star Alliance lounges: Singapore Airlines vs AirNZ

    TALKING POINT | One side-effect of Star Alliance having a surprisingly large footprint in Australia – 11 member airlines, in all – is that many of our international airports boast several Star Alliance lounges. A case in point: both Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand operate loun...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 11 Comments

  • Review: Sydney Airport's Terminal 1 Bridge Bar, by Luke Mangan

    The dining options at Sydney Airport’s international terminal have seen a noticeable upgrade over the past few years, to the extent than many eateries stack up well as alternative to some of the less-appealing business class lounges. Nestled behind the Heinemann Tax & Duty Free store, ...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • Sydney Airport's handy but little-known T1 shortcut

    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 immigrati...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2017 20 Comments

  • Sydney Airport's Opal card loophole exposed

    A little-known loophole in Sydney's Opal card is allowing travellers a nearly free ride to Sydney Airport's domestic and international stations – and it's costing the NSW Government an estimated $1.3 million in lost revenue. The trick lets users skip the $13.80 'access fee' levied at the p...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2017 23 Comments

  • Sydney Airport proposes new T4 international terminal

    Sydney Airport has revealed plans to build a new international terminal adjacent to the current domestic terminal 3 used by Qantas. Dubbed T4, the terminal would take over space now occupied by the Qantas jet base which houses and maintains the airline's fleet. A Terminal 4 North pier would w...

    POSTED 30 May, 2017 15 Comments

  • Priority Pass now offers $36 of food, drink at Sydney Airport

    Priority Pass card-holders can now tuck into $36 worth of free food and drink at seven restaurants, bars and bistros in Sydney Airport. The Priority Pass program is geared to providing access to airport lounges around the world but has a minimal footprint in Australia with just three airports (B...

    POSTED 8 May, 2017 29 Comments

  • Government to build $5bn Western Sydney Airport

    Australia's government said it will build a long-awaited second airport for Sydney after the operator of the city's existing hub ruled out developing the project because of the "considerable" risks to shareholders. Details of the plan for Western Sydney Airport will be unveiled in the budget nex...

    POSTED 2 May, 2017 13 Comments

  • Sydney Airport gets new Mantra hotel near domestic terminals

    UPDATE | The new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport is getting closer to welcoming its first guests with external construction of the nine-storey property now completed ahead of final fitout works taking place inside. That includes getting the guest rooms painted and installing furnishings, with an ...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Sydney Airport introduces Twitter-based flight status updates

    Sydney Airport has rolled out a handy little travel assist for the social media generation: now you can get flight updates via Twitter. Send a tweet to @flySYD and include your flight number, and you'll receive an automated reply with the status of your flight. This starts with th...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2017 2 Comments

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