Sydney Airport scraps plans for alliance-based mega-terminals

By David Flynn, September 24 2012

Sydney Airport has scrapped plans to create alliance-based terminals as part of an extensive overhaul to take place over the next six years.

"After consulting with stakeholders and the community our concept has moved on from being an alliance concept to one based around specific airline requirements and (passenger) transfer flows" said Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather in a speech to the Australian British Chamber of Commerce.

Under the previous plan, the major overhaul of Australia's busiest airport would create two mega-terminals combining domestic and international operations, with airlines grouped according to their alliances.

The current domestic terminals (T2 and T3) were to be merged into a single hub for Qantas and Jetstar, plus all oneworld members operating out of Sydney – including British Airways, Cathay Pacific and MAS – along with the Red Roo's new chum Emirates.

All other international airlines would continue to fly from today's international Terminal 1, which would also become the home for Aussie challenger Virgin Australia and its partners – an extensive roster including Etihad, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Delta, which would also create a de facto Star Alliance hub.

Plans for the two intergrated terminals remain in place under the revised scheme, but Sydney Airport has not revealed details of how airlines would be allocated to those terminals.

A spokeswoman for Sydney Airport told Australian Business Traveller that more details would be forthcoming in the next few months.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

here2go

here2go

Qantas

10 Sep 2011

Total posts 162

So will there be a free monorail between International and Domestic instead?

johnaboxall

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 727

Macquarie Bank !=free. 

Givenchy

Givenchy

23 Sep 2012

Total posts 1

To me - the $5 ride between the international and domestic terminals are just insane. I have no idea why I have to even pay for such service. Why can't they make it free? In most of the international airports, passengers won't have to pay for terminal transfer. I just don't get it. 

 

And yes - Sydney Airport defintely needs a change. The facilities and terminals does not suit the demand and needs of modern society. 

CL9

CL9

22 Mar 2012

Total posts 200

Hmm... I'm not sure whether or not scrapping it is a good or bad thing... just out of curiosity does anyone know any other airports around the world that have a similar Dom/Intl in one terminal layout?

NEquine

NEquine

21 Sep 2012

Total posts 51

Heathrow T1 &5 and Gatwick North/South.  Most UK aiports have both domestic & international flights flying out of the same terminal.

WorldTraveller

WorldTraveller

British Airways - Executive Club

24 Sep 2012

Total posts 3

London City as well. Passengers are only seperated on arrival as domestic passengers don't need to clear immigration & customers.

Arcanum

Arcanum

21 Jul 2012

Total posts 125

Many (most?) North American airports have combined domestic/international operations.  Terminals tend to be divided by carrier or alliance rather than destination.

IIRC, visitors to Canada and the US go through immigration/passport control on arrival but not on departure, so international flights often leave from the area as domestic flights.

kcknacks

kcknacks

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Dec 2010

Total posts 11

That's a shame - I thought it was an excellent concept and would have made a lot of sense.  The need to move back and forth between the terminals would have been greatly reduced as very few travellers these days would switch from one alliance or airline to another when moving from international to domestic services. 

David

David

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2322

It'll be interesting to see what the new arrangement is... I'm told by Sydney Airport people that during the consultation phase they found some surprising and very significant transfer arrangements which would have been made more complex under this scheme.... we'll know more in the next few months as the rev up to talk about The New New Plan.

Arcanum

Arcanum

21 Jul 2012

Total posts 125

I had to transfer between terminals at SYD for the first time on my last trip to Australia (Virgin domestic to Thai international connection).  What a disgrace.  I paid $5 for the privilege of riding 2 minutes on the dirtiest, most graffiti-ridden train I'd ever seen.  I assumed the line must run through inner-city Detroit or a rough South African township on its way to the airport.

abudhabi1

abudhabi1

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

Total posts 279

That's terrible.Even Singapore Changi has it's own dedicated trains between the terminals and are free and clean.Sydney could learn a thing or two there.I had to do that coming home from Vietnam in 2010 Connecting Hanoi via Singapore to Adelaide T2 TO T3 ON Singapore Airlines but it was a world away from any train in an aussie airport.


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