Posted January 12th, 2018, 09:39 AM
Do I need to get to the Sydney airport 3 hours ahead to get through security and make my flight? Thank you for any information!
Do I need to get to the Sydney airport 3 hours ahead to get through security and make my flight? Thank you for any information!The government has tightened security at major airports and request you arrive as early as possible. 3 Hours is the benchmark for ease of departure.
That would be a good idea.
Depending on aircraft type, A LOT of people could be checking in.
Passport control tends to be quick, but security checks are usually tediously slow. If you are lucky to get through all of this quickly, have a beverage or browse duty free on the other side.
Keith - interesting recommendation - how many times have you flown out of Sydney International airport? I think some local knowledge may be useful
First it depends what class you are travelling and your airline status
Qantas state on their tickets:
Virgin is 90 minutes before departure
- International First / Business Closes 60 minutes before departure
- Economy / Premium Economy Closes 90 minutes before departure
- Qantas codeshare services (QF Flight numbers operated by Jetstar)^
Check in opens 3 hours before departure Closes 60 minutes before departure
- Jetstar Business / Economy (JQ)^ Check in opens 3 hours before departure Closes 60 minutes before departure
- Flights operated by Jetstar Asia (3K)~ Check in opens 2 hours before departure
You do need to see what your airline requires
So I guess it depends on how cautious you are and how much you like waiting around airports
If you have checked baggage and been ticketed then they are unlikely to leave without you if you are stuck in a processing lane - they will be paging you and sending out the search parties - they don't want to unload your baggage - now if you are finishing that last drink in the bar and ignoring pages then you deserve to be left behind
Sydney has facial recognition on immigration gates so if you have an electronic enabled passport you will use that - then through security which is not as (visibly) stringent as most US international airports
Two hours is fine - a 33% tolerance over the airline recommendation - three is being cautious ad four is just plain crazy
Now what I will warn of is allowing time for Sydney traffic delays - our traffic is notoriously bad most of the time and certainly around late afternoon as the commute begins and that impacts airport traffic - so do allow plenty of time to get to the airport at that time of the day
So, basically, you are agreeing with 3-4 hours if only for a buffer related to traffic.No I’m not
Thank you all for replying. It is Virgin and I have no status. I was hoping to do a tour to the Blue Mountains that day that said I would be at the airport at about 4:45 pm and thus the question for my 7:30 pm flight wondering if I was allowing enough time.I think given you will be coming from Western Sydney from the mountains you do run a risk of hitting traffic on the M4. The trip from the scenic area of the mountains is around 2 hours each way without a delay
No I’m not
There’s a big difference to needlessly sitting around Sydney airport for 4 hours (twice as long as you need to IMHO) and actually getting to the check in on time given the traffic in Sydney
If I were agreeing then depending on where they were coming from, let’s say the central city for example, they might have to allow 3 hours for the travel to the airport and to checkin - but if they were coming from say Hornsby they’d really need to allow 4 hours in total to be on the safe side.
Judging Sydney traffic is an art not a science - although traffic apps like Waze and Google maps is helping these days
Some airports are worth "sitting around"
It's been about a decade since I was last at SYD and I don't have much recollection of the amenitiesAnd here was I thinking this thread was about Sydney International Airport in Australia as opposed to San Francisco International airport and its’ facilities...and that the OP was looking for local knowledge and input
And here was I thinking this thread was about Sydney International Airport in Australia as opposed to San Francisco International airport and its’ facilities...and that the OP was looking for local knowledge and input
hoping someone who frequents SYD will respond in kindThey did and I do
You said no need to show up hours ahead. But, that is a faulty assumption given the vagaries of modern air travel. Your post also insinuates that an airport (specifically SYD) is not a pleasant place.What assumption is faulty about anything I’ve said as it relates to Sydney Intl airport? I know the security processes that guests are required to pass through from firsthand experience and they are different than say LAX or Heathrow
Two hours is fine - a 33% tolerance over the airline recommendation - three is being cautious ad four is just plain crazyUnless there's been some recent new recommendation to allow more time than previously, I agree with every word of this.
There is only one qualification to what I have said: if you have access to the Qantas first class lounge, then four hours could be a very pleasant timeThanks for the confirmation I just couldn’t believe it when some said 4 hours
Yes the Qantas First lounge is one of the best globally I believe but even with the spa and the restaurant there’s only so much eating and drinking one can do ...I agree with that, but it is a beautiful space in which to just sit, look out of the window, watch the airport activity and (for me) sadly get a last fill of the Sydney skyline for a number of months.