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Australia’s airports to see chaos for weeks as thousands of families fly out for school holidays

Australia’s airports will be in chaos for WEEKS as thousands of families leave before the school holidays

  • Travelers warned about crowded airports and long queues as school holidays loom
  • Sydney Airport expects an increase to 2.1 million visitors from June 27 to July 17
  • A heady rise in light of 1.8 million wreaking havoc last April
  • Sydney Airport boss Geoff Culbert said it will hire more staff to tackle queues

Airports will remain flooded for weeks as vacationers flood check-in counters and waiting areas during the upcoming school holidays.

Transport hubs expect long queues and congested communal waiting areas, leading to hours of waiting to get on flights.

Sydney Airport predicted 2.1 million passengers would pass through the gates during the school holidays from June 27 to July 17.

That figure is higher than the 1.8 million visitors recorded in the previous busy period in April, when airports across the country were shut down, putting pressure on busy employees.

Last children's holiday season Sydney Airport (pictured is a bag drop-off queue) brought in 1.8 million and expects more for the upcoming June-July season

Last children’s holiday season Sydney Airport (pictured is a bag drop-off queue) brought in 1.8 million and expects more for the upcoming June-July season

Majority of travelers flying domestically will be 1.5 million over the coming holiday season, with additional international numbers of 560,000 who will use the facility

Majority of travelers flying domestically will be 1.5 million over the coming holiday season, with additional international numbers of 560,000 who will use the facility

Most travelers flying domestically will be 1.5 million, and an additional 560,000 international travelers are expected to use the facility.

Those domestic and international numbers are higher than in April last year, which were 1.39 million and 376,000 respectively.

Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert said: 9 News it was great to see the continued demand for air travel, but there would be delays.

“We will not ignore the fact that during the school holidays the terminals will be crowded and there will be queues,” he said.

“We’re doing everything we can to get people started, including bringing 60 additional customer service agents to the terminals every day to manage queues and bring passengers to the front in order of flight priority.”

Gamblers going on vacation are advised to get close to the recommended time period, two hours for domestic and three hours for international travelers

Gamblers going on vacation are advised to get close to the recommended time period, two hours for domestic and three hours for international travelers

National Secretary of the Transport Workers Union, Michael Kaine, blamed the staff shortage delays after so many were laid off during the pandemic.

“Flights are full, but passengers are stuck waiting because there aren’t enough workers to load their bags into the hold – [and] almost half of the outsourced employees are still looking for a permanent job,” he says.

Qantas said the wait was not limited to one airline or airport, and that the extended wait was caused by “Covid absenteeism and a competitive job market.”

Travelers were advised to arrive at the airport before recommended check-in times for domestic and international flights unless otherwise advised.

Those flying domestic should instead show up nearly two hours for a flight and three hours for international travelers.

Passengers were also warned not to arrive too early for check-in, as some airlines don’t open until two hours before the flight.

Passengers are also advised not to arrive too early for check-in as some airlines don't open until two hours before the flight

Passengers are also advised not to arrive too early for check-in as some airlines don’t open until two hours before the flight

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