Qantas has extended its trial of all-day check-in at Sydney Airport's T1 international terminal into the new year, giving travellers the opportunity to arrive for their international flight at any time during the day instead of being restricted to the standard 'three hours before departure' window.
The arrangement covers travellers with checked luggage in addition to those flying with only carry-on bags.
However, a Qantas spokeswoman says the trial of the program – officially described as being for the "early acceptance of baggage" – will be "reviewed shortly".
Let's hope the scheme stays in place, as if offers travellers a far more flexible way to plan for their departure. This can include skirting Sydney's peak-hour traffic or simply arriving earlier to spend more time in the lounge and finalise some work before your flight.
The trial has been restricted to Sydney, but should it get the green light from Qantas management we know many flyers in Melbourne, Brisbane and other cities would love to enjoy the same degree of flexibility.
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