A dramatic overhaul of Sydney Airport would see domestic and international flights operate from the same terminals, putting an end to troublesome transfers, while a new ring road around the airport precinct would ease traffic congestion.
The proposals, released in a draft of the airport’s 20 year masterplan, are cornerstone measures in handling the estimated 74.3 million passengers expected to be using the airport by 2033.
That figure is double the 37 million travellers who flew through Sydney Airport last year, and of course is made without any allowance for the presence of a contentious second airport for Sydney.
Nor does Sydney Airport’s masterplan, which will be on public exhibition until August 30th, make allowances for an extension of the current curfew.
The report claims that only 63 per cent of the airport’s landing and take-off slots are being used, while newer, quieter aircraft such as the Airbus A380, Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 would result in a smaller noise footprint than today.
In September 2012 Sydney Airport scrapped an earlier proposal to create two alliance-based mega-terminals combining domestic and international operations, with Mather explaining that “our concept has moved on from being an alliance concept to one based around specific airline requirements and (passenger) transfer flows”.
The new masterplan reflects that focus, with ‘swing gates’ – already used in many overseas airports – channeling passengers between their aircraft and separate domestic and international areas.
The gates would be installed at both the current T1 international terminal and the T2 and T3 domestic terminals, while T3 would be upgraded to handle the Airbus A380.
This would allow Qantas A380s, along with those of Emirates and potentially other oneworld airlines, to operate from the same terminal as incoming and outgoing domestic Qantas and regional QantasLink flights, eliminating the need for time-consuming transfers to a different terminal.
No new runway, but a new ring road...
A one-way ring road would circle the terminals to smooth traffic flow, beginning from Sir Reginald Ansett Drive and spinning out via Qantas Drive.
There would also be a new city-bound exit for the T1 international terminal by 2018.
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