Apr 7, 2013

Sydney Airport Congestion delays millions

More than 5.2 million people were delayed flying in or out of Sydney in 2012, showing yet again Sydney Airport is struggling to cope with the continued growth in passenger numbers.

The figures are based on data collected by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics showing that around 2.8 million domestic passengers flying into Sydney were delayed by 15 minutes or more and a further 2.4 million delayed flying out.

The number of people delayed at Sydney Airport has grown 23.2 per cent over the last 5 years, double the increase in people delayed at Australia’s second largest airport, Melbourne.

By 2020, the number of people delayed at Sydney is expected to grow to 13 million.

For more and more people, this means missing connecting flights, being stuck in the air or at the airport, and less time at work or with their families.

The reality is that without extra aviation capacity through a second airport, the number of people who are delayed because of congestion at Sydney Airport will only grow.

Four out of every 10 flights within Australia are in and out of Sydney Airport. As the linchpin of our aviation network, when Sydney is disrupted, the whole network is disrupted.

These facts highlight both the economic impact and the consequences for airlines and passengers if they can’t get access to Sydney in the future.

The solution is simple – Sydney needs a second airport sooner rather than later.

Sydney needs a second airport to handle growing domestic and international demand and create jobs in the economy.