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About Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport is an international airport in Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It's the main airport serving the city of Sydney. The airport facilitates a mix of domestic flights within Australia (to most major cities, alongside smaller cities and towns), international flights, as well as intercontinental flights to Japan, the UK, and USA.

Sydney Airport is a primary hub airport for Qantas, alongside being a secondary hub for Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia.

It is the busiest airport in Australia, and one of the world's longest continuously operated commercial airports, having been founded in 1919.

What is the airport code for Sydney Airport?

The airport code for Sydney Airport is SYD.

Airport Location

Sydney Airport is located in the suburb of Mascot, located 7km (just under 4.5 miles) south of Sydney's central business district It can take between 25 minutes to drive to the airport from the Sydney central business district, depending on how light the traffic is.

Facilities

There is a range of facilities at Sydney Airport, including WIFI, dining, shopping and a number of airport lounges.

Terminal 1 Facilities include:

  • WIFI
  • Airport lounges
  • Hotels
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Baby care facilities
  • Baggage storage
  • Medical services
  • Mobile charging
  • VIP rooms
  • Currency exchange
  • Showers
  • Meeting Points
  • Water Fountains
  • International Student welcome desk
  • Parking

Lounges at Sydney Airport:

Air New Zealand Lounge

Located at: Terminal 1 (T1)

  • Light refreshments
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Business desk with free local calls
  • WIFI
  • Fax, photocopier and PC printer
  • Mobile phone charging
  • Shower facilities, includng towels and hairdryers

 

Emirates Lounge

Located at: Terminal 1 (T1)

  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • Free beer & wine, spirits and liquor
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens

 

The House, Home of Etihad Airways and Other Leading Airline

Located at: Terminal 1 (T1)

  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • Free beer & wine, spirits and liquor
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens

 

Qantas Club Lounge

Located at: Terminal 3 (Domestic)

  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • Free beer & wine, spirits and liquor
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens
  • Children's area

 

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge

Located at: Terminal 1 (T1)

  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • Free beer & wine, spirits and liquor
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • TV screens
  • Printer and copiers
  • Telephones
  • Internet terminals

 

American Express Lounge

Located at: Terminal 1 (T1)

  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • Free beer & wine, spirits and liquor
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • TV screens
  • Flight monitors

 

Skyteam Lounge

Located at: Terminal 1 (T1)

  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • Free beer & wine, spirits and liquor
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • TV screens
  • Flight monitors
  • Printer and copiers
  • Internet terminals

 

REX Lounge

Located at: Terminal 2

  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • Free beer & wine, spirits and liquor
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Massage chairs
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens

Runways

The airport has three runways, which are known colloquially as "north-south", "east-west", and "third".

The main runway is "north-south", which is 3.9km in length. Long haul flights will usually use this runway since it is longer and can facilitate larger aircraft easier.

Terminals

There are three terminals at Sydney Airport.

Terminal 1 (T1)

Terminal 1 (T1) is an international terminal and all international flights depart from and arrive to T1. Qantas domestic flight numbers F001-399 also depart from T1.

Terminal 2 (T2)

Terminal 2 (T2) is a terminal for domestic and regional flights, including Qantas flights QF1600 and above.

Terminal 3 (T3)

Terminal 3 (T3) is a terminal for Qantas flights QF0400-1599.

Airlines that fly to Portland International Airport

Alaska and Horizon Air both use Portland International Airport as a secondary hub.

Here's a list of other airlines that use the airport. 

AIRLINE COUNTRY FROM
Air Canada Canada
Air China China
Air India India
Air New Zealand New Zealand
Air Niugini Papua New Guinea
Air Vanatu Vanatu
AirAsia X Malaysia
Aircalin New Caledonia
All Nippon Airlines Japan
American Airlines USA
Asiana Airlines South Korea
Beijing Capital Airlines China
British Airways UK, Singapore
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Cebu Pacific Philippines
China Airlines Taiwan
China Eastern Airlines China
China Southern Airlines China
Delta Air Lines USA
Emirates New Zealand, Dubai (UAE)
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Fiji Airways Fiji
FlyPelican Australia
Fly Corporate Australia
Garuda Indonesia Indonesia
Hainan Airlines China
Hawaiian Airlines USA (Hawaii)
Japan Airlines Japan
Jetstar Airways Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, USA, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia
Korean Air South Korea
LATAM Chile New Zealand, Chile
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia
Malindo Air Indonesia, Malaysia
Philippine Airlines Philippines
Qantas Australia, New Zealand, China, USA, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Africa, UK, Philippines, Fiji, New Caledonia, Japan, Chile, Singapore, Canada
QantasLink Australia (domestic)
Qatar Airways Qatar
Regional Express Airlines Australia (domestic)
Samoa Airways Samoa
Scoot Singapore
Sichuan Airlines China
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Thai Airways Thailand
Tianjin Airlines China
Tigerair Australia Australia (domestic)
United Airlines USA
Vietnam Airlines Vietnam
Virgin Australia Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand, Indonesia, Whitsunday Islands, Tonga
XiamenAir China

Top Destinations

Top Domestic Routes

For year ending junio 2018

Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Melboune, Victoria 9,250,822 Jetstar, Qantas, Qantaslink, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
2 Brisbane, Queensland 4,788,059 Fly Corporate, Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
3 Gold Coast, Queensland 2,751,593 Jetstar, Qantaslink, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
4 Adelaide, South Australia 1,908,584 Jetstar, Qantas, Qantaslink, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
5 Perth, Western Australia 1,719,947 Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia

Top International Routes

2016-17
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Auckland, New Zealand 1,556,816 Air New Zealand, Jetstar, LATAM Chile, Qantas, Virgin Australia
2 Singapore 1,520,882 British Airways, Scoot, Qantas, Singapore Airlines
3 Hong Kong 1,149,236 Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Virgin Australia
4 Los Angeles, USA 859,610 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Qantas, United Airlines, Virgin Australia
5 Dubai, UAE 819,223 Emirates

How to get to Sydney Airport

 

By driving

Sydney Airport is around 25 minutes drive from the central business district in light traffic.

Car rental and parking facilities are available at the airport

By taxi and rideshare

The airport is a 20 minute cab or rideshare drive away from the Sydney CBD and will cost $45-55 each way. Each terminal has taxi ranks outside - just follow the signs to the nearest one to you. You can order any of these taxi companies, which are listed on the airport official website:

  • 13CABS
  • Legion Cabs
  • Premier Cabs
  • RSL Ex-Servicesmen’s Cabs & Co-Op Members Ltd
  • Silver Service Fleet
  • St George Cabs
  • GM Cabs

Rideshare pick-ups, by brands such as Uber and Ola, are available at Sydney Airport - just book using your preferred app and get picked up from one of the terminals.

By rail

You can travel to Sydney Airport by rail - the Sydney Airport station is just 13 minutes by train from the city. For those travelling from the suburbs, the Airport Link service can be used

By bus

There are timetabled services by Sydney Buses - Route 400, between Bondi Junction and Eastgardens via Sydney Airport and 420 between Eastgardens to Burwood via Sydney Airport. Both services stop at both T1 (International) and T3 (Domestic) terminals. Bus stops are clearly marked on the arrivals level at each terminal.