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 Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

The Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, in short the Sydney Airport, is an international airport that serves Sydney, Australia. It is also the primary hub of the carrier Qantas as well as the secondary hub for Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways. One fact you should know about the Sydney Airport is that it is one of the oldest airports in the world as well as the busiest airport in Australia. It was reported that in 2012, the airport ranked 31st in the busiest airports in the world. The airport's passenger traffic reached 36.6 million in 2012. Currently, the airport has a total of 46 domestic and 43 international destinations. Today, Sydney Airport Corporation Limited or the SACL is the one managing the Sydney Airport with Kerrie Mather as the CEO.

Terminals

There are a total of three passenger terminals in the Sydney Airport. Terminal 1 was first opened on May 3, 1970. It is the International terminal and is located in the airport's north western sector. This is the terminal that can accommodate Airbus 1380. Terminal 1 has three levels, one for arrivals, one of departures, and one for airline offices. It hosts a total of six airline lounges, two for Qantas, and one each for Etihad Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, and Emirates. Terminal 2 is located in the airport's north-eastern section. Terminal 2 was the former home of Ansett Australia's domestic operations. Terminal 2 also features 16 parking bays. Currently, it serves carriers including Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, and Skytrans Airlines. Terminal 3 is a domestic terminal of the Sydney Airport. It is also located in the north-eastern section and serves Qantas. Terminal 3 features a large Qantas Club lounge, as well as a dedicated Business Class and Chairman’s lounge

Services and Facilities

There are several services and facilities Sydney Airport offers its travellers. General facilities at the terminal 1 (International) include free Wi-Fi, a prayer room, complimentary shower facilities, TTY phones, and Lost Property for any items found within terminal 1 and terminal 2. General facilities found in terminal 2 (Domestic) include free Wi-Fi and Lost Property. Sydney Airport also has services like ground transport for travellers and passengers at the airport. The Sydney Airport has accessible parking, an airport link train service, car rental services, transfer services, and bus and taxi services. There are also several baggage services available for passengers. There is the Baggage Storage by Smartecarte where it offers baggage storage services, bag weighing, online visa application, printing, copy, and fax services. The airport also has Menzies aviation services for air freight and cargo handling services. There are also services for oversized baggage in both international and domestic terminals. Service and Currency Exchange services are also available in the Sydney Airport. Moreover, the airport also comprises of different pharmacies including the airport guardian pharmacy located at both terminals 1 and 2. There are also two branches of the ANZ banks that offer banking services at the airport. Lounges are also found at the airport for travellers who want to relax. The Sydney Airport also has post offices, medical centres, and massage services for travellers.

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 Getting To & From the Airport

Driving hide 

The quickest way from Sydney airport to Sydney CBD is to head east along Wentworth Avenue and then north along the M1. The drawback to this route is that there are tolls to be paid.

 

For a toll-free route, instead of turning onto Wentworth Avenue head north on Botany Road. By turning right on Epsom Road you can join the M1 after the toll section and get into the city centre quickly and without fees.

 

Most car rental companies will have electronic payment systems in place, charging you each time you pass through a toll plus an administrative charge. If you're going to be driving a lot, some companies charge a flat fee daily rate to make it easier to work out.

 

GPS equipment is also available for hire, making finding your way to your Sydney hotel a lot easier. 

 

Getting around NSW

 

Blue Mountains

 

Around two hours to the west of Sydney are the Blue Mountains, a range with a beautiful hue given off by the vast number of eucalyptus trees. Katoomba is the centre of activities, with easy access to see the Three Sisters and start a number of different hiking routes.

 

Head to North Sydney and then take the M2 Hills Motorway until you reach the M7. From here, turn right onto the M4 and continue east following signs to Katoomba. This route includes several toll roads.

 

The Entrance

 

Sydney has beautiful beaches, but so too does the rest of the east coast. Drive out of the city and up to the Central Coast for pristine beaches without the crowd.

 

The Entrance is around 90 minutes north of Sydney following the M1, but many other places in the area – such as Terrigal and Woy Woy – has the same beautiful waters. This stretch of the M1 requires toll payment. 

 

Mudgee

 

For a longer excursion, head inland to Mudgee. This quaint country town is famous for its wine but also has an observatory and is close to nature walks.

 

To reach Mudgee drive to the M2 Hills Motorway then make your way towards the M7 and the B59. You should reach Mudgee in under four hours, but it's recommended to take a break from driving every two hours. This route has toll roads. 

Trains hide 

The Sydney Airport takes only 13 minutes travel time if you take the train from the city. Train stations are located both at the International and Domestic Terminals which operate as part of the Airport Link train services

Buses hide 

Bus services are available to and from the Sydney Airport. It operates a timetabled service, route 400, between Bondi Junction and Burwood which makes stops at both International and Domestic terminals.

Taxi hide 

Taxis are accessible to each terminal. The kerbside supervisors organise taxis for travellers in need of wheelchair access, five-seaters, and large groups.

 Who flies to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

 Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport Contact Details

Sydney Airport

Address:
Airport Central,
241 O´Riordan Street,
Mascot NSW 2020,
AUSTRALIA

Tel:+61 2 9667 6111

Website:

 Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport Location Details

Longitude:151° 10' 32'' E
Latitude:33° 56' 39'' S
IATA code:SYD
ICAO code:YSSY

 Airport Location

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