The start of school holidays means heavier than usual traffic on roads in and around Sydney Airport

Motorists are advised that traffic in and around the airport will be heavier than usual during the first two weekends of the school holidays.

Large numbers of travellers are expected at the airport on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, and on Thursday 27, Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September.

On these days, traffic will be heaviest:

  • between 6.00am and 10.30am at the T1 International terminal and T2/T3 Domestic terminals
  • between 5.00pm and 10.00pm at the T2/T3 Domestic terminals (Thursday and Friday 27 and 28 September)

If you are 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.

Please note: Sydney Airport has an Overflow Drop-off zone at T1 International which operates during peak morning periods. All traffic approaching T1 International Departures from Airport Drive will be directed into Overflow Drop-off between 6.30am and 10.00am on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, and from Thursday 27 September to Sunday 30 September. Traffic approaching from the M5/Marsh Street will be directed onto the Departures Plaza as usual. 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.