Here's some good news for frequent flyers who are also frequent train travellers to and from Sydney Airport.
The 'station access fee' charged at Sydney Airport's international and Domestic train stations will be capped at $21 per week for users of the Opal pubic transport card as of September 1st.
That fee – levied by Airport Link, the private operator of the airport stations – currently stands at $12.60 each time you enter or exit either of the airport stations., on top of the cost of the train fare itself.
Under the new arrangement, the station access fee will be capped at $21 for all use of the airport stations within a single week, so it's a win for anybody who travels to or from the airport more than once a week.
The move will also be a boon to workers at the airport itself, of course.
"This means the maximum you'll ever pay per week with Opal is $81 – the $60 weekly cap (equivalent to a $63 weekly MyMulti3) plus the $21 station access fee" says Beau Giles, who runs the independent Twitter account TheOpalCardUser.
However, Giles points out that as Opal's week is defined as running from Monday to Sunday, "it doesn't help if you leave Friday night and return Monday morning."
The arrangement comes as the result of a one-off payment of $10 million by the NSW state government to AirLink.
“This is an important issue for frequent travellers as well as the 28,000 people who work at the airport across 800 businesses and organisations" a Sydney Airport spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller.
"We’re delighted that the NSW Government has reached an agreement with AirportLink to cap the station access fee for Opal card holders when paper tickets are phased out.”
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