New taxi rank at Sydney Terminal 2: plus ground transport changes

By John Walton, September 27 2011
New taxi rank at Sydney Terminal 2: plus ground transport changes

Passengers taking a taxi from Sydney Airport's Terminal 2 -- used by Virgin Australia, QantasLink, Jetstar and Tiger Airways and other regional airlines -- will see the taxi rank increase from 10 spaces to 15 by the end of the year.

Construction on the taxi rank starts this week, although most work will take place after 11pm.

Airport CEO Kerrie Mather explained why the changes are afoot: "The aim of the upgrade is to reduce traffic congestion and make it easier for taxis to access the ranks at both T2 and T3."

"The increased capacity will provide an improved service for passengers and drivers and help reduce the time people spend at the rank," Mather continued.

The changes will cost $1.5 million, and an airport spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the works should be completed "by Christmas".

Changes you'll see at Terminal 2

To make way for the new spaces, the pre-booked taxi area will move off to Fourth Street, next to the public pick-up area from Thursday 29 September.

Pre-booked capacity will expand from 6 to 20 taxis as a result, and a new undercover walkway from the terminal to the public pick-up/pre-booked area will be built.

The 10-minute free public pick-up area will also get a new entrance.

The P and T bus stops (for the long term car park and Terminal 1, respecively) will also be moved.

There won't be any change to the ground transport fees for taxis, pre-booked cars, limousines or buses.

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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