In brief: Sydney Airport will start work on upgrading the taxi rank at its domestic T2 terminal in August, in a move aimed at easing congestion for passengers of Virgin Australia, Jetstar, QantasLink and Tiger Airways as well as streamlining traffic flow to the busy Qantas T3 terminal.
Standing room at the T2 rank will increase from 10 to 15 vehicle spaces, when the work is completed by years' end. The pre-booked taxi area will be relocated but capacity boosted from 6 to 20 taxis, and a separate carriageway will be created for buses to the international airport and long-term car park.
There will also be an undercover walkway from T2 to the public pick-up area to protect passengers from wet weather.
But there's a cost of all this upgraded goodness, of course – from July, Sydney Airport will increase the 'access fee' paid by drivers of taxis, buses and limousines for using the ranks at all three terminals, which will be passed on to passengers.
Fortunately the hike's not a massive one: 50c for taxis (raising the access fee to $3.50) and an additional $1 for mini-buses, buses, coaches and limousines.