A record number A380s in Sydney at any one time

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sanj747

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Flew out of Sydney on Monday and saw a large array of A380s at the airport at the one time. They included - 3 x Qantas, 2 x Emirates, 1 x Etihad, 1 x Singapore, and additional 1 x China Southern, 1 x Asiana and 1 x Korean aircraft for the summer schedule. That makes it 10 at the one time which I think is a record. There was not enough gates to handle the load and the 2 Emirates morning arrivals from Dubai and Dubai via Bangkok had to be parked out close to the cargo area and passengers bused in.

mushmush

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This highlights the woeful investment that has been made into Sydney airport. They are more concerned with upgrading the duty free areas than the gates themselves. As the gateway to Australia i personally believe Sydney as a global city has a sub standard airport.

mcglynp

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This highlights the woeful investment that has been made into Sydney airport. They are more concerned with upgrading the duty free areas than the gates themselves. As the gateway to Australia i personally believe Sydney as a global city has a sub standard airport.
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I am with you on the duty free front, though to be fair to SYD. Not sure any global airport ( with the exception of DXB ) would be prepared to expand their A380's infrastructure, given the lack of future orders for the plane.

aggie57

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I counted 13 at Singapore on one trip. Of course Dubai is on another level again.

Goat Guy

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Sydney and Melbourne Airports have become Duty Free Shopping Malls where planes land. On a world scale they are both appalling in terms of passenger amenity.

Himeno

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Sydney and Melbourne Airports have become Duty Free Shopping Malls where planes land. On a world scale they are both appalling in terms of passenger amenity.
I don't think SYD and MEL are quite as bad as LHR just yet. LHR won't tell you what gate you leave from until just before the gate opens. They want people to walk around the shops, not wait for their flights at the gate.

At least HEL has a corridor that allows you to completely bypass the duty free maze.

Nick Sydney 2

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Sydney and Melbourne Airports have become Duty Free Shopping Malls where planes land. On a world scale they are both appalling in terms of passenger amenity.
Just about every major airport is a shopping mall. Look at Changi or HK. Sydney has a bunch of shops and is slated. Changi has a bunch of shops and receives plaudits. A regular flyer will barely look at the shops and bunker down into a lounge or somewhere to get stuff done.

oruspicarous

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Sydney and Melbourne Airports have become Duty Free Shopping Malls where planes land. On a world scale they are both appalling in terms of passenger amenity.
Just about every major airport is a shopping mall. Look at Changi or HK. Sydney has a bunch of shops and is slated. Changi has a bunch of shops and receives plaudits. A regular flyer will barely look at the shops and bunker down into a lounge or somewhere to get stuff done.


The difference is that SIN and HKG have widen open spaces for shops and you'll actually enjoy walking the terminal, whereas with SYD and MEL it's small crowded low-height spaces flanked by shops on both sides, with much less F&B options.

sanj747

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This highlights the woeful investment that has been made into Sydney airport. They are more concerned with upgrading the duty free areas than the gates themselves. As the gateway to Australia i personally believe Sydney as a global city has a sub standard airport.

Mushmush couldn't agree with you more. It was embarrassing seeing passengers being ferried from the cargo hold to the terminal.

Mightyreds

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Sydney and Melbourne Airports have become Duty Free Shopping Malls where planes land. On a world scale they are both appalling in terms of passenger amenity.
Just about every major airport is a shopping mall. Look at Changi or HK. Sydney has a bunch of shops and is slated. Changi has a bunch of shops and receives plaudits. A regular flyer will barely look at the shops and bunker down into a lounge or somewhere to get stuff done.


I would tend to agree. You only take any notice of the duty free stores when you actually want to purchase something, otherwise it’s straight to the lounge/bar.

aggie57

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The difference between, for example, Changi and Melbourne is that Changi is operated by the government for the benefit of the community it serves. Melbourne is overrated by a private company for the benefit of itself. Their basic operating ethos is 100% reversed, which is why we get these completely different design principles.

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