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Sydney International Airport

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Sydney (Kingsford Smith) International Airport
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Type Public
Owner Sydney Airport Corporation Limited
City Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), AUSTRALIA
Runway Length Material
07/25 2 530 metres Asphalt
16L/34R 2 438 metres Asphalt
16R/34L 3 962 metres Asphalt

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) International Airport is also known as also known as Kingsford-Smith Airport and Sydney Airport, is the international and domestic airport serving the city of Sydney. It is one of the oldest continually operated airports in the world, and the busiest airport in Australia, handling 33.4 million passengers and 289,741 aircraft movements in 2009. It was the 28th busiest airport in the world in 2009. The airport is located in an urban residential area approximately 8km from the central business district.


YSSY has 3 runways, the longer main north-south 16R/34L intersected by an east-west 07/25, and a parallel 'third' runway 16L/34R was constructed in 1992. Both parallel runways (16/34) use reclaimed land and extend out into Botany Bay.

Simultaneous parallel operations occur on 16L/34R and 16R/34L during most of the day. Since 1995 there has been a curfew after 23:00 (01:00 UTC) until 06:00 (19:00 UTC) for landings and departures to reduce noise over the residential areas. There is a shoulder period for 1 hour that flights may approach or depart over the bay only.

Runway 16R/34L

Runway 16R/34L is the airports longest runway at 3 962 metres long. Instrument Landing System is available for runway 16R, tune you NAV radio to 109.5 (IKS) with a heading of 155, you can use the FIX 'CATHY' at 3000ft to intercept the ILS. Instrument Landing System is available for runway 34L, tune you NAV radio to 110.1 (ISN) with a heading of 335, use 'SIZZL' at 3000ft to intercept the IAP.

Runway 07/25

Runway 07/25 is 2 530 metres long. Instrument Landing System is available for runway 07, tune you NAV radio to 109.9 (ISY) with a heading of 062, use 'GLF' at 3000ft for IAP. Instrument Landing System is available for runway 25, tune you NAV radio to 109.7 (ISW) with a heading of 242, the IAP starts at fix 'JELLI' at 3000ft

Runway 16L/34R

Runway 16L/34R is 2 438 metres long. Instrument Landing System is available for runway 16L, tune you NAV radio to 110.9 (ISS) with a heading of 155, IAP starts at 'KROPP' at 4000ft Instrument Landing System is available for runway 34R, tune you NAV radio to 109.3 (IKN) with a heading of 335, use 'SONIA' at 2000ft to intercept the ILS.

Airline Hubs

International flights depart from Terminal 1 in the North West quadrant of the airport, domestic flights depart Terminal 2 and 3 from the North Eastern quadrant, there is a heliport to the south of runway 25.

Real Airlines

Aerolineas Argentinas
Air Austral
Air Calin
Air Canada
Air China
Air Mauritius
Air New Zealand
Air Niugini
Air Pacific
Air Tahiti Nui
Air Vanuatu
Asiana Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
China Airlines
China Eastern
China Southern
Delta Air Lines
Etihad Airways
Garuda Indonesia
Hawaiian Airlines
Japan Airlines
Jetstar International
Korean Air
Lan Chile
Malaysia Airlines
Norfolk Air
Pacific Blue
Philippine Airlines
Polynesian Blue
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways
Strategic Airlines
Thai Airways
United Airlines
V Australia
Vietnam Airlines
Virgin Atlantic
Aeropelican Air Services
Air Link
Brindabella Airlines
Qantas and QantasLink
REX - Regional Express
Tiger Airways
Virgin Blue
Atlas Air
Cathay Pacific Cargo
Federal Express
Korean Air Cargo
Malaysian Airlines Cargo
Polar Air
Qantas Freight
Singapore Airlines Cargo
Tasman Cargo Airlines
Toll Priority
United Parcel Service Company

Virtual Airlines


Basic models of the international terminal

External links

  • [1] Wikipedia Article
  • [2] Real Life Live audio feeds from Air Traffic Control