More travellers to fly into Sydney airport

Close to a million passengers are expected to pass through Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA) this month placing increased pressure on plans to build a second airport to handle the extra traffic. The number of domestic travellers is also expected to hit record levels. Mr Greg Russell, KSA director of aviation, said that the daily average number of international passengers for December is 32,000, compared to 28,600 for September and 29,800 for October. Analysts believe the high volume of travellers is due to the publicity generated by the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as cheaper domestic airfares brought about by new domestic carriers Impulse Airlines and Virgin Blue.

The trend of higher passenger volumes is expected to continue according to the Airport Co-ordination Authority, which has forecasted a 20-25 per cent growth over the next 12 months. This will place more pressure on the Federal Government – which has delayed plans to build a second airport – to consider creating a new facility sooner.

‘Holidays set up airport for busiest month ever', The Sydney Morning Herald, 22/12/00, p 3.