Travelers hit by massive delays at Sydney Airport as long weekend approaches


Travel chaos continues in New South Wales with long, squiggly lines filmed at Sydney Airport at the start of the long weekend.

At 6 am people had to wait for hours to check in.

About 80,000 people are expected to pass through the domestic terminal today, with 380 flights departing and 380 flights arriving.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge was one of the travelers affected and described the scene as a “meltdown”.

“Another holiday and another meltdown at Sydney’s privatized airport,” Shoebridge wrote on Twitter.

“Huge queue for baggage drop-off and another for security.

“They knew in advance how many people would come because they were selling tickets.”

9News reporter Sarah Stewart estimated 300 people lined up at the Haymarket facility around 7:30 this morning. The office opens at 8:30 am.

Some travelers come up with desperate measures to skip queues.

“Some are here to wonder why they don’t have their passports, others are here to pick them up, but some people pay people on Airtasker up to $150 to wait in line for them,” Stewart said.

“Some people have been queuing up to 8am. Some have been here since 4:30pm this morning – everyone has a story.”

A woman in line said she has waited 14 weeks for a passport for her daughter and is no closer to answers after calling the office 165 times.

Another, named Julia, said she was shocked to see how long the line was at 6am.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got here at six and there were already 70 people in front of me,” said Julia.

“They must have foreseen this.

“Of course everyone wants to travel now. People have friends, family, long-awaited vacations.”

In response to the question, the passport office said they will deploy more staff, but they will need to undergo training first.