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Easter school holidays

06 April 2017
Category:Travel Advice

School holidays and the Easter long weekend mean heavier than usual traffic on roads in and around Sydney Airport. 

If you’re driving in and around the airport, traffic will be heavier than usual with the start of the school holidays.

Large numbers of inbound and outbound travellers are expected at the airport on Friday 7 April, Saturday 8 April and Sunday 9 April.

Heavy traffic is also expected during the Easter long weekend from Thursday 13 April to Monday 17 April.

On all of these dates, the roads will be busiest:

  • between 6.30am and 10.30am at the T1 International terminal; and
  • between 6.30am and 10.30am, and 6pm and 10pm, at the T2 and T3 Domestic terminals.
If you’re travelling by car to the airport, it’s important to allow plenty of additional travel time, particularly if you are planning to arrive at the airport to catch a flight 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.

Sydney Airport also has an overflow drop-off zone at T1 International which operates during peak morning periods. 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.

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