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.
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.