Member since 16 Oct 2012
Total posts 23
What do you rate as the worst Australian airport when it comes to baggage handling?
Member since 19 May 2017
Total posts 3
Melbourne! Especially if you’re unlucky enough to have any oversized baggage...
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 267
Townsville followed closely by Darwin, average 20 mins plus to get bags off, considering both are small airports it is hard to think of any reason why it takes so long.
Member since 17 Aug 2012
Total posts 1,285
In Melbourne, it can take twenty minutes for the baggage carousel to even start moving.
Member since 11 Dec 2013
Total posts 14
Melbourne by far
Member since 28 Feb 2015
Total posts 28
Member since 07 Feb 2015
Total posts 144
It may not be THE worst but Gold Coast is definitely one of the worst. The baggage area is a big mess and so over crowded all the time. Last time it took me 40 mins to get the bag. on a QF flight from Mel. they decided to change the belt without updating the screen or making any announcements. As a result the belt where bags were actually loaded was overflowing and lots of luggage just dropped off the belt onto the floor. This was like just before the Comm game.
Member since 17 Sep 2015
Total posts 73
Melbourne T4, which I haven't used for more than a year, is the pits. Far worse than Sydney, Gold Coast or Perth.
Ah, T4. HLO central.
Member since 12 Apr 2017
Total posts 17
I thought it was Newcastle which has two baggage blokes covering five flights that all arrive at the same time around 9-9.30. They've even got a guy selling gelato to the punters while waiting for the bags. Then I visited the Gold Coast...
Member since 04 Nov 2011
Total posts 202
Another for Melbourne as the worst by far. Adelaide the best for me.
Newcastle has a bloke selling gelato to punters waiting for their bags? I think it's high time Melbourne introduced a food court in the international baggage reclaim hall so you can sit down and have a hot breakfast while your bags thaw on the tarmac all morning.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 10 Jan 2012
Total posts 104
Melbourne for sure!
Member since 08 Feb 2018
Total posts 137
Perth. Only one set of baggage handlers at T1 precinct in the evenings. Had to wait over an hour for bags to come off QF from SIN while they were busy loading up SA to Jo'burg, CX to HKG and VA red-eyes.
Member since 10 Apr 2012
Total posts 178
Melbourne the slowest... and they like to all come out on the same carousel, for two flights at the same time, even when there's other carousels available... Adelaide is the best for me.
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