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Premium travellers and top-tier frequent flyers can once again skip the queue when jetting out of Sydney Airport’s T1 international terminal, with this week's re-opening of the Express Path departures lane.
That fast track for outbound flyers was shuttered since May due to construction work around the Express Path area, and affected both the passport control and security screening lanes.
As a result, international travellers who would usually qualify for Express Path access – those in first class, business class and holding the highest levels of frequent flyer status – have faced extended wait times and extensive queues when heading out of Sydney, with a knock-on impact to all other travellers. This has been especially noticeable during the early morning, mid-morning and early afternoon peak periods.
The good news is that the Express Path at T1 is now open - so you can spend less time in line and more time in the lounge.
PREVIOUS | Sydney Airport has temporarily closed the Express Path departures lane at its T1 international terminal, in a move which will see first class and business class passengers as well as top-tier frequent flyers joining the same interminably lengthy lines as every other traveller.
Construction work around the Express Path area, located at the rear of the Qantas premium checkin area, will see the fast track facility shuttered until at least the end of August.
The closure affects the Express Path channels both at passport control and security screening.
The inbound Express Path channels for passengers arriving at Sydney Airport's international terminal is not affected.
Airlines including Qantas have begun advising passengers to allow additional time for the airport formalities, as Sydney Airport has not made any alternative arrangements for fast-tracked departures.
Travellers who would usually qualify for Express Path access are advised to arrive at T1 well ahead of their usual schedule.
Additional reporting by Chris Chamberlin.