folov
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Transfer In SYD

Fri Sep 30, 2005 5:04 pm

Just saw a thread talking about connecting in lax.
So i thought i ll ask about my transfer.

I m flying LAX/PPT/SYD/MEL on thursday. i know it s a crazy routing but i m flying on my airline to SYD on ID00 and bought confirmed SYD/MEL/SYD.

I was reading about transfer between T1 and T2 in SYD. How does everything go there.
I m arriving With TN and leaving with JetStar. I have about 2 hours.
Any info will help?

Thank you
 
EurofleetLHR
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Fri Sep 30, 2005 6:04 pm

When you arrive at the International Terminal in Sydney, you follow the usual route through Immigration, baggage reclaim & Customs. Once you have collected your baggage and cleared customs, enter the Arrivals Hall, and follow the signs to the Domestic Transfer area.

Here, SOME domestic airlines will check-in you & your bags, then you clear security and catch an airside transfer bus across to the Domestic Terminal.
It's a quick and easy process - and a great view of the apron during the bus ride !!! ( I was transferring QF to QF when I used this facility).

However - I think that JetStar may not participate in this facility, as they term themselves LCC - I don't think they even label bags through for any customer, regardless of airline they are connecting to.

If that is the case, you will need to catch the public train system that links the 2 terminals - not quite as convenient as the system mentioned above.

Maybe you could contact them via their website to get the definitive answer.
 
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Fri Sep 30, 2005 6:06 pm

If you do need to get the train, it's literally one stop and a 2 minute journey, so you shouldn't have any problems time wise, so don't worry from that perspective.

Trent.
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folov
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:50 am

THank you

Yup the train seemed to be the most practical way and the quickest.
Thanks for the reply
 
Trolley Dolley
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:01 am

As it's Jetstar, you will need to use the train. They don't provide transfers at SYD airport. The bus is only used by people transfering to/from QF flights. Still, the QF bus is one of my favourite transfers anywhere as you get to drive past all the parked aircraft at the cargo and maintainence base area.
 
777STL
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:18 am

Quoting EurofleetLHR (Reply 1):
It's a quick and easy process - and a great view of the apron during the bus ride !!! ( I was transferring QF to QF when I used this facility).

The transfer bus ride is a blast, the entire ride is on the tarmac and you'll pass within 30 feet of taxiing 747s and you'll get to peer into the maintenance hangers as you ride by.

Good times if you're into airplanes.
PHX based
 
antares
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:46 am

According to a friend in Tourism Tasmania who beat up on Qantas for being so dumbassed bloodyminded stupid, you can now get the Qantas transfer for a Jetstar connection to Hobart and Launceston.

Typical Qantas lack of intelligence. First they slashed their flights to Hobart and Launceston, and thought their passengers would meekly crawl away to Jetstar. Then they kicked them off the Qantas bus just to make them feel really bad.

Surprise. Lots of Qantas passengers became Virgin Blue passengers. No more crappy ugly push and shove, no more impossibly tight tight seat pitch, no more seating free for alls.

But enjoy Tassie, its a great place.

Antares
 
Trolley Dolley
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:01 am

What you might find Antares, is that QF codeshare on a number of routes with JQ. This is aimed at the international connection market. The Tassie routes are included. This addresses the service issues you spoke about regarding ease of transfers.

You can get the bus if you have a ticket with a QF flight number on the JQ service. If you simply have a JQ ticket, you can't get the bus. From what I've seen on the many times I've connected at SYD is that you need a QF (or partner airline) boarding pass to ride the bus.
 
antares
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:25 am

Thanks Trolley Dolly,

Sounds like the stupidity continues to a degree. You really wonder about some of the fools that work in strategy. OK, let's cut our services and push them all on to Jetstar.
Hey, geez wouldn't it be good to then bump them off the bus.

Hey, wonder why Virgin Blue is doing so well.


Worth looking at the August traffic figures too, which are just out.

Although some goose in the media said they were bad for Virgin Blue because of excess capacity they were actually very good.

Antares
 
Trolley Dolley
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 8:01 am

I hear what you're saying, Antares. I've never understood why QF hasn't been more active in trying to keep the passengers' money in the "family" eg no points on Australian, making it as difficult as possible to connect to JQ etc.

However, with specific regards to DJ in this comparison, DJ offers no apparent connection service- well, I looked and looked on the website and couldn't see any information on their connection services.

Personally, before getting to aggro at the airlines re the connection situation in SYD, I'd like to know why Macquarie Bank haven't invested in decent transfer facilities given they keep upping the airport fees. SYD must be the only major airport in the world where a good portion of the customers have to pay to transfer. For goodness sakes, talk about a total rip-off.
 
folov
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 9:05 am

I ll be flying back with Virgin Blue.... I wanted to try all the airlines. Last time i flew LAX/MEL non-stop so sydney will be my first.

Beside this it there any other airports that charges for the transfer, No like a tkt to australia are cheap.
 
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 9:14 am

Since you connection will be on Jetstar and that you will have to make your own way through security, I'd say this connection will be a bit tight as Jetstar closes their check-in counters exactly 30 minutes before departure. So if you narrowly misses your flight, Jetstar won't reaccomodate you onto another flight and you'd have to purchase another ticket.

Beside, I hope you already know that Jetstar doesn't fly to melbourne from Sydney, they fly to Avalon near Geelong (Great Ocean Road).
 
antares
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RE: Transfer In SYD

Sat Oct 01, 2005 9:56 am

In addition to that good advice, Qantas is now closing its flights 30 minutes out too, and even if there is an available seat and you are 29 minutes before departure, you will be booked, penalty free on the next flight as a form of toilet training to make everyone aware of the new rule.

It happened to one of my colleagues last week, flying on a good Cityflyer fare.

That rule is probably long overdue, in fact, I think CX has been doing this for ages, but the breaking point at the major airports is the chronic delays getting through security, meaning people get properly checked in and still miss the flights.

Jetstar's confiscatory rules in terms of the fare however are widely perceived to be a bloody minded rip-off, and I think they are a serious limitation on their acceptability to anyone who has to fly a lot in this country, never mind the crappy seat pitch and so forth, and last minute fares that are as dear as Qantas but with no meals included.

Antares

grumble, grumble, grumble