Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is an international airport in Sydney, Australia. It is owned by Sydney Airport Holdings.
SYD airport is located 8 km (5 mi) south of the Sydney central business district, in the suburb of Mascot.
- Sydney Airport is one of the world's longest continuously operated commercial airports.
- It is the busiest airport in Australia.
- In 2016, SYD was the 38th busiest airport in the world.
- In 2018, the airport was rated in the top five worldwide for airports handling 40-50 million passengers annually and was overall voted the 20th best airport in the world at the Skytrax World Airport Awards.
- At present, 46 domestic and 43 international destinations are served to Sydney directly.
Airport Traveling Tips
- Passengers are recommended to arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight departure, and at least 3 hours before an international flight departure.
- Arriving passengers should make sure to have a valid travel document and complete an Incoming Passenger Card. If you're not an Australian Citizen, you must also hold a valid visa which should be arranged before travelling.
- Travelers should confirm their airline’s check-in procedure prior to coming to the airport.
- Before heading to the airport to board a flight, please go through the SYD Airport Map.
Passenger Pickup and Drop-off
- Domestic traveling passengers can be dropped off at the Departures level at both domestic terminals. To help keep this zone congestion free and ensure other passengers get to their flights on time, it’s recommended to not stop for no more than one minute.
- Passengers can be picked up from the Priority Pickup Zone, just a four minute walk from Domestic terminal.
- International traveling passengers can be dropped-off at the Departures level at T1 International, and picked up from the Priority Pickup Zone, less than two minutes’ walk from the T1 International terminal.
- For arriving flights: For up-to-date information about the arrival times, gate information, delays, and time to land for the Sydney Airport check the arrival flight status.
- For departing flights: Departing flight status lists scheduled vs actual departure, gate information, map tracking, and flight delays.
- To get the best fares, book a flight at SYD here.
Sydney Airport has three passenger terminals - Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Terminal 3.
Opened on 3 May 1970, Terminal 1 is known as the International Terminal, located in the airport's north western sector. It has 25 gates (13 in concourse B numbered 8-37, and 12 in concourse C numbered 50-63) served by aerobridges.
Terminal 2 is located in the airport's north-eastern section and features 16 parking bays served by aerobridges and several remote bays for regional aircraft.
Terminal 3 is a domestic terminal located in the north-eastern section. It features a large Qantas Club lounge, along with a dedicated Business Class and Chairmans lounge.
For more information, please refer to the Sydney Airport Terminal Map here.
Sydney Airport serves various airlines including Qantas, Regional Express Airlines, British Airways, Air India, and many more.
View the full list of airlines served at SYD here.
The P1/P2 & P3 car parks are just a short walk away from the T2 and T3 Domestic terminals, with Short-term parking and Long-term parking options available.
There are several car parks at the International terminal. The P7 car park is a short 2-5-minute walk to the T1 International terminal, with short-term and long-term parking options available.
Passengers have plenty of options for ground transportation after arriving at the airport. From public transport to private transport to rental cars, and more, they can choose according to their requirements.
The airport has several car rental companies located at the arrivals level at T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic terminals. Passengers can search and compare the best deals from quality rental car providers like Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty and Enterprise.
Sydney Buses operates a timetabled service, Route 400, between Bondi Junction and Eastgardens via Sydney Airport and 420 between Eastgardens to Burwood via Sydney Airport. The service stops at both the T1 International and T3 Domestic terminals.
Travelers can find taxi ranks at the front of all terminals - simply follow the signs to the nearest ranks.
Amenities & Services
Sydney Airport provides a myriad of amenities and services for visitors to have a wonderful time at the airport including:
- Restaurants, bars, and cafes.
- Store, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
- Shoeshine stations, and massage bars.
- Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the airport.
- Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
Address:Link Road, Sydney - Mascot, NSW, 2020, ASU
Phone: +61 2 9667 9111/fax 2 8338 4919
Sydney Airport: A Brief History Timeline
- In 1921, the Commonwealth Government purchased 65 hectares (161 acres) in Mascot for the purpose of creating a public airfield.
- In 1923, when Love's three-year lease expired, the Mascot land was compulsorily acquired by the Commonwealth Government from the racing club.
- In 1924, the first regular flights began.
- By the 1960s, the need for a new international terminal had become apparent, and work commenced in late 1966.
- In 1995, the Australian Parliament passed the Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995, which limits the operating hours of the airport.
- Since the international terminal's original completion, it has undergone two large expansions.
- In March 2010, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission released a report sharply critical of price gouging at Sydney airport, ranking it fifth out of five airports.
- On 17 February 2014, the Australian Government approved Sydney Airport's Master Plan 2033, which outlines the airport's plans to cater for forecast demand of 74 million passengers in 2033.