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Australian international travellers facing peak-hour airport delays

by on September 19, 2015
 

If you’re travelling through international airports at peak hours in Sydney, Melbourne Tullamarine, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Coolangatta and Cairns from Monday 21st September 2015, it might be a good idea to allow extra time to get through the formalities at the airport.

Ten days of industrial action planned to take place at eight of the country’s major international airports will result in Immigration and Border Force staff walking off the job for two-hour blocks twice a day during peak travel hours. The stop work action follows 2 hour early morning and evening stoppages that have already affected passengers travelling through Cairns, Perth and Darwin from Wednesday16th – Friday 18th September and will spread to include the other airports from Monday 21st.

The stoppages are in support of wage claims and Border Force are flying managers around the country to act as strike breakers at airports. This means that the effects may be unpredictable and it is well for passengers to be prepared for delays and disruptions.

(UPDATE from the Department of Immigration and Border Control) – all times, all airports, all dates until 30th Sept.

You could also check your airport or airline website as some are providing details in their ‘travel alerts’.

Strike timetable for Monday, September 21
Airport Time Time
Sydney 7:00am-9:00am 7:00pm-9:00pm
Melbourne Tullamarine 5:00am-7:00pm 9:00pm-11:00pm
Brisbane 7:00am-9:00am 7:00pm-9:00pm
Perth 5:30am-7:30am 5:00pm-7:00pm
Adelaide 6:30am-8:30am 8:00pm-10:00pm
Darwin 4:30am-6:30am 5:00pm-7:00pm
Coolangatta 6:40am-8:40am 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cairns 4:00am-6:00am 6:00pm-8:00pm
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