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Avoid traffic pain - get the train to catch your plane

Travellers heading off on holiday or to visit family or friends this summer are being advised to take public transport as Sydney Airport prepares for the busy holiday period.

Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said large numbers of passengers will be flying from this weekend when school holidays begin so those travelling are urged to use public transport and plan ahead.

“We are expecting large numbers of inbound and outbound travellers at Sydney Airport from Friday as the official summer holiday period kicks off,” Ms Prendergast said.

“Extra services on the T8 Airport and South Line as part of the new timetable will cater for the holiday demand, helping those heading off interstate and overseas from this week as well those coming into Sydney to see family and friends.

“Traffic will be heavy on roads in and around the airport every day for the next month, so to avoid being stressed before you start your holiday - leave the car at home and get the train to catch your plane.”

Sydney Airport has recently facilitated a record 43 million passengers through its three terminals over the past 12 months.

Sydney Airport General Manager Landside Operations and Transport Craig Norton said that with a busy holiday season ahead, travellers need to plan their airport journey and allow plenty of additional travel time.

“Roads in and around the airport will be busiest every day from now until mid-January between 6.30am and 11.30am at both the T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic terminals, and from 6.00pm to 10.00pm at the Domestic terminals,” Mr Norton said.

“During the peak morning periods at T1, Sydney Airport will operate an overflow drop-off zone and motorists are urged to follow all signage and directions from traffic management officers.

“Travellers should strongly consider catching the train, and if they must drive are reminded to allow plenty of additional time and be aware of ongoing work to upgrade roads in the airport precinct which will mean changed traffic conditions.

“If travelling internationally, plan to arrive at least three hours before your flight, or 90 minutes beforehand if flying domestically.”

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