- Dec 6, 2004
I saw how the new rules impacted on the domestic airport on Friday evening. And it wasn't good!smh.com.au said:Additonal airport anguish
Sydney Airport continues to put the squeeze on anyone using its facilities. The latest move affects pick-ups from the domestic terminal.
New traffic management rules, effective from today, prevent anyone waiting in what was once the collection point for arriving passengers. You may hover, ever so briefly, but then you must either park or adopt a holding pattern, circling in and out of the airport until your incoming passenger is actually standing at the kerb.
The corporation says it has abolished the pick-up zone for security reasons and to fix traffic flow problems, if you can swallow that. What about the swelling number of passengers that will now be jostling for space along the kerb?
It's suggested we use our mobile phones to co-ordinate and fine tune a pick-up window of opportunity. Many of us have long been doing just that.
After getting off my flight in T2 and collecting my bag, I went outside to get a taxi. It was approx 10:30pm but there were quite a lot of people about. There was no queue for a taxi so I hopped in one and we left the curb. We rounded the bend and then abruptly stopped in front of the QF terminal. We then inched along very slowly. I asked the driver what the problem was - an accident perhaps? No he said... the new pick up rules. It took another (approx) 5 minutes before we reached the point just past the carpark where the right turn is located for cars that want to go around again. It was completely jammed up with cars waiting to get back onto the road in.
So this enforeced loop-the-loop rule has actually made the traffic worse than before!