After three days of absolute turmoil at Sydney Airport, there’s more tough news for those flying during the Easter holidays.
After days of turmoil at Sydney Airport, there’s worse news for those flying during the Easter holidays.
Melbourne Airport also predicts that Easter holidays will be the busiest travel period of the two years and warns that 1.4 million travelers are expected in the next two and a half weeks.
The director of the airport’s aviation bureau advised people to plan ahead and arrive early.
“Processing time can be longer than usual and we expect to have queues for check-in and security,” says Lorie Argus.
“The road network is also likely to be congested, and passengers’ drop-off points and parking lots are congested during peak travel times.”
Ms. Argus urged travelers to respect each other as well as airport staff.
Earlier this week, Gold Coast Airport recorded the busiest day of the two years, with more than 21,000 passengers passing by on Friday, April 1.
The airport is expected to break another record during Easter, with 28,000 seats planned.
Chris Mills, CEO of Queensland Airport Limited, said passengers and flight numbers at Gold Coast Airport are recovering rapidly, thanks to the region’s popularity.
“It’s great to see the numbers recover at this pace after two years of difficult years for the airports and tourism sector we support,” he said.
“After two years of challenge, travel confidence has returned and the region is particularly benefiting from the recovery of the leisure market.”
To meet demand during Easter holidays, Qantas and Jetstar will operate at 110% of their domestic capacity compared to 2019, with approximately 500,000 passengers from April 14th to April 18th. I will operate.
In preparation, the company has set up all staff and most of the domestic flight attendant pilots and airport staff are working to prepare for Easter.
Jetstar will also continue to operate dozens of flights on the larger international Boeing 787 aircraft.
Travelers opened the port 24 hours before departure, so they could check in online, select a seat, arrive at the airport up to two hours early to manage the security checkpoint line, and take laptops and aerosols out of their bags. Don’t forget to take it out. In security screening.
Hundreds of people started lining up at Sydney Airport before dawn on Saturday and wanted to check in for their morning flight.
27-year-old Luke Mahony arrives at the airport on a 7 am flight to Melbourne at 5:30 am, and the “crazy” scene is “a social experiment to see who has the most patience.” It looked like. “
Residents of Cronulla told NCA NewsWire that there was no way to know where the lines started or ended, or which lines were for security or baggage check-in.
“Because there was no organization, people didn’t know what was going on,” Mahony said.
“During the first 30 minutes we were in line, there was no staff to try chaperones or organize people.
“(15 minutes later) it was the first time a few staff members had appeared and tried to do something, it was like throwing a bucket of water into the fire of the house.
“It brought about the worst of humanity. People were tired and upset, and everyone was frustrated with each other.
Mahony said he hopes the airport will be more organized after experiencing a similar scene the day before.
Angela Cook described the scene on social media, stating that the security line was “outside the door” when she arrived at the terminal on a 6 am flight at 4:30 am.
“No way I’m not going to fly. One line. One security checkline is working. It’s not well planned for the part (at Sydney Airport),” she tweeted.
Many other travelers have posted photos from where they were waiting. Everything showed a huge line and people were packed in the check-in area of the bag.
“Hell … this is 5am,” writes Darren Saunders.
Over the last two days, the same chaotic scene has affected thousands of travelers.
Jeff Calbert, Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Airport, said:Worst situation at the momentFrom bad weather, school holidays, and isolated high-level staff who are infected with the virus or are considered to be closely related.
“Traffic is on the rise, travelers are inexperienced even after two years of inexperience, and close contact rules make it difficult to replenish shifts and staff at airports,” he said. I did.
An airport spokesman told NCA NewsWire that the airport was expected to peak on Easter and Anzac Day weekends, seeing up to 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels throughout school holidays.
“We are working 24 hours a day to solve these problems and have teams in our terminals to prioritize our passengers,” they said.
“We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
“I would also like to thank the staff and the passengers who arrived early and treated each other with kindness and respect.”
NCA NewsWire understands that there were no reports from the airlines of passengers who missed their flight this morning due to congestion.
About 20% of airport shifts are affected by a shortage of Covid-related staff. Many of the affected operational roles require technical skills, and airports do not want to compromise on safety, so they exclude bringing in casual staff.
Thousands of people were crammed into a long line on Thursday night, from the security line to the check-in desk to the front door.
The mayhem is now creeping up on the third day.