Motorists are advised that traffic in and around the airport will be heavier than usual with the start of the Christmas and summer holiday season.
Large numbers of inbound and outbound travellers are expected at the airport from Friday 9 December, continuing through to the Christmas weekend.
Traffic will be busiest:
- Between 6.00am and 9.30am on all days, and especially Saturdays and Sundays, at the T1 International terminal; and
- Between 6.30am and 9.30am, and 6.00pm and 9.30pm, on all days at the T2/T3 Domestic terminals.
If you are travelling by car to the airport, it is essential that you allow plenty of additional travel time, particularly if you are planning to arrive at the airport to catch a flight, drop off or pick up passengers during the above peak periods. Travellers should also strongly consider catching the train to the airport to avoid traffic congestion.
Plan to arrive at least three hours before your flight if travelling internationally and 90 minutes beforehand if flying domestically.
Note: Sydney Airport has an overflow drop-off zone at T1 International which operates between the hours of 6.30am and 9.30am. Motorists are asked to follow all signage and directions from airport staff.
Drop-off stopping times at the terminals are limited to one minute in order to keep traffic flowing.
Thank you for your patience and co-operation.