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Integrated terminals for Sydney Airport

written by WOFA | June 5, 2013

Development zones as detailed in the Sydney Airport masterplan. (SACL)

Sydney Airport’s plan for integrated international and domestic terminals has been included as a key feature of its preliminary draft master plan, released on Wednesday for public consultation.

The airport says that its plan for integrated terminals, rather than separate international and domestic terminals as exists today, has received “strong stakeholder support”, and would see “swing gates that can accommodate both international and domestic/regional aircraft in each of the terminal precincts”.

Notes the draft masterplan: “By facilitating Code F international aircraft (such as the A380) operations in the North East Sector as well as the current North West Sector, Sydney Airport will have the ability to substantially increase its capacity to accommodate Code F aircraft well beyond the PDMP (Preliminary Draft Master Plan) planning period.

“Further, the ability to provide swing gates at both of the proposed terminal precincts provides additional opportunities to efficiently increase Sydney Airport’s capacity to handle the growing demand for Code E (such as A330 and B787) aircraft. Where possible the larger gates will also be configured to accommodate multiple smaller aircraft.”

The airport says that: “The passenger experience will be improved through enhancements to ground transport, terminal and passenger processing facilities. In particular those transferring between international and domestic/regional  flights will benefit from improved connectivity by the reduction of inter-precinct transfers.”

Another notable feature of the plan is a new one-way ring road for the T2/T3 precinct by 2018 and a new road and exit for T1.

“Numerous government studies have shown that while we have runway and apron capacity for several decades to come, it is ground access to the airport that is impacting on customers,” Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather said.


“Aviation has changed dramatically over the past decade, with significant advances in aircraft and navigation technology and airlines forming market-changing partnerships to create virtual networks. We’re responding with flexible facilities to meet these changes and provide a superior passenger experience.”

Specifically the PDMP details changes to the terminal infrastructure as:

“Reconfiguration of the existing T1 Pier C to facilitate handling of international, domestic and regional passengers;

“Development of a new terminal pier by extending T1 to the south west to provide additional capacity and flexibility;

“Development of swing international-domestic gates;

“Development of gates that can service multiple aircraft types;

“Apron reconfiguration to cater for the greater variety of operating aircraft, including implementation of a dual Code C taxiway to increase the handling capacity for domestic and regional aircraft operation,” and;

“Improved contact gate capacity across the airport to accommodate the larger international Code F aircraft and increased flexibility to accommodate the
up-gauging of domestic aircraft to Code E.”

The document also notes that: “Sydney Airport is planning to develop an Experience Centre that members of the community can visit to find out more about the airport and the aviation industry. Visitors will be taken on an engaging journey behind the scenes of one of the world’s busiest airports.”

Sydney Airport is seeking public feedback on the preliminary draft master plan after which it will submit a draft master plan for government consideration. The PDMP can he downloaded from the Sydney Airport website here.


  • Bob Cutts


    Sydney owners should look at Melbourne Airport access into and out of the terminal area. During peak times it is impossible to drop or collect passengers because of one way in and one way out for both International and domestic airlines
    Sydney airport has at least the domestic and international terminals separated They have more pressing pressures due to curfew restrictions and limit on the hourly movements allowed It is no use joining terminal access until they have solved the increased number of movements and allow 24 hour operation to allow international airlines better flexibility to their schedules
    Unfortunately until we have politicians who are prepared to make the right decisions needed for Sydney airport you will reach a point that expansion is impossible and financially not viable

  • Overload


    Numerous government studies, preliminary draft master plan, public consultation, Sydney Airport is seeking public feedback, and last but not least they will then submit it to the government for consideration…..So another 10 years then!!!

  • Anthony Hill


    Good news for YSSY. Lets see if they can actually build a runway unlike the hopeless cooperation up her at YBBN… Don’t even get me started

  • Louis


    Perth is alot worse

  • NJP


    This will all probably be funded by increases to the already huge car park fees & we’ll soon end up paying $10 just to use a luggage trolley! Perhaps they can also look at improved facilities in the arrivals area – one baby change facility for the whole of gates 50-63 arrivals is a joke!

  • aviatorman


    If the road traffic flow can be improved, good. The merging of General Holmes Drive, Joyce Drive, Qantas Drive and O’riordan St., is currently a dogs breakfast. What needs to be straightened out is the public pickup area. The twists and turns to get out of the 10 min point is a nightmare (emphasise night especially in rain). Perhaps it needs an underground 5 min auto light train service to new-fast-pickup points, say three, to service the 3 incoming road systems, for T2 and T3 at least. 100 metre straight pick-up points where cars are limited to say 5 mins would be great.(undercover of course).

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