Improved traffic flow and passenger experience under new master plan

05 June 2013
Category:Media Releases

• Preliminary Draft Master Plan released today
• New one-way ring road for the T2/T3 precinct by 2018 to provide up to 33 per cent more green light time – and new road and exit for T1
• No change to the cap or curfew

Preliminary Draft Master Plan coverThe first ever integrated ground transport plan for Sydney Airport will improve traffic flow and airport ground access through reconfigured terminals, new roads and facilities to encourage greater use of public transport.


“Our ground transport plan includes a new one-way ring road for the T2/T3 precinct and improvements to T1 including the creation of a free-flowing road through the precinct and a new city-bound exit by 2018, which will increase ‘green light’ time at key intersections by up to 33 per cent,” Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said. 

“The plan will encourage greater use of public transport with the creation of new bus and multipurpose parking facilities. We also continue to advocate for new and more affordable bus and train services to the airport.

“Numerous government studies have shown that while we have runway and apron capacity for several decades to come, it is ground access to the airport that is impacting on customers. 

The concept plan to evolve Sydney Airport from separate international and domestic operations into two integrated terminal precincts has received strong stakeholder support and is included in the Preliminary Draft Master Plan. 

“Aviation has changed dramatically over the past decade, with significant advances in aircraft and navigation technology and airlines forming market-changing partnerships to create virtual networks. We’re responding with flexible facilities to meet these changes and provide a superior passenger experience. 

“Sydney Airport is the nation’s most significant transport and tourism infrastructure, generating an economic contribution of $27.6 billion a year. We’ve consulted extensively with all stakeholders and in particular the NSW Government on developing a holistic ground transport solution. 

Sydney Airport has invested more than $2 billion in improved passenger facilities and capacity since 2002 and we will be continuing to invest significantly to support the implementation of this master plan to facilitate the 74.3 million passengers a year forecast to be using the airport by 2033,” Ms Mather said. 

No change to the cap or curfew

The 2033 Preliminary Draft Master Plan is based on:

  • No changes to the curfew or aircraft movement cap
  • No changes to noise sharing arrangements or flight paths
  • No change to access arrangements for regional airlines
  • No new runways. 

Ground transport solutions

The new T2/T3 road will create a widened entrance to the precinct at Sir Reginald Ansett Drive and exit onto Qantas Drive resulting in better traffic flow by simplifying intersections and increase “green light” time by up to 33 per cent. 

New T2/T3 road, better traffic flow

The new road will be supported by a new bus and multi-purpose parking facility to be located between Ninth Street and the new dedicated exit, which will encourage greater use of public transport by improving access to the terminals for buses and passengers. 

At T1, car park entry and exit gates will be relocated and a new centre road will be built to create a free-flowing corridor that will improve traffic flow in the precinct as well as the departures road. A new city-bound exit will improve traffic flow for vehicles using Airport Drive. In addition, provision has also been made for bus facilities in this precinct. 

T1 car park entry and exit gates will be relocated

 “We are proposing five and 20-year ground transport solutions in this master plan to improve access to the airport and encourage more people to use public transport,” Ms Mather said. 

“The plan we’ve detailed today complements the state government’s pinch points strategy, transportation plan for the Port Botany-airport area and WestConnex project. These are positive initiatives that recognise the economic significance of the airport and Port Botany precinct.”

A better passenger experience through integrated terminals

Sydney Airport has invested significantly over the past decade to attract new airlines and route development that promote growth in tourism. 

A plan to evolve Sydney Airport from separate international and domestic operations into two integrated terminal precincts each with international, domestic and regional services will provide a superior passenger experience, improve efficiency and unlock apron and terminal capacity.

Under the concept plan: 

  • The T2/T3 terminal precincts will be expanded, with the largest expansion to the north of T3 with significant additional A380-capable gates
  • Swing gates that can be used for international and domestic operations will be built at both precincts
  • The freight precinct will remain on-airport, maintaining Sydney Airport’s position as Australia’s primary international airfreight hub. 

“Since announcing a concept plan in December 2011, we have conducted more than 18 months of consultation with our airport stakeholders and the community on evolving Sydney Airport into two integrated terminal precincts,” Ms Mather said. 

“It will vastly improve the experience for passengers transferring between international and domestic services, many of whom will be able to transfer under one roof. An on-airport transit corridor will also be preserved in the land-use plan to provide additional flexibility. Integrated terminals will also significantly improve road flows between the terminal precincts. 

“Sydney Airport is Australia’s gateway airport. This concept plan provides the flexibility to meet the evolving needs of the aviation market.”

Public consultation 

Sydney Airport is committed to consulting the community and stakeholders on the master plan. 

The 2033 Preliminary Draft Master Plan will be on public exhibition for the next 60 working days and can be downloaded at www.sydneyairport.com.au/masterplan

Sydney Airport will also be conducting a number of community information days in areas surrounding the airport during the consultation period. 

Submissions may be made until 30 August 2013.

After comments on the Preliminary Draft Master Plan have been considered, a Draft Master Plan will be submitted to the federal government for approval.



Tracy Ong
Manager, Media and Communications
(02) 9667 6470 or 0437 033 479

About the Master Plan
Sydney Airport’s Master Plan is a 20-year land use plan – including a full environment strategy and five-year ground transport plan – that is prepared under the Airports Act 1996.

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