Sydney Airport

Movements

Sydney Airport has around 330 000 aircraft movements (mostly international and domestic passenger jets) and nearly 40 million passengers pass through its terminal annually.

A movement cap of 80 aircraft movements per hour is in place as an element of noise sharing and achieving balance between the efficient use of the airport and broader environmental impacts. Access movement cap reports. Further information is available at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

A curfew at Sydney Airport between the hours of 11pm and 6am restricts both aircraft type and runway usage. The rules for the curfew are outlined in the Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995.

Information on movements at Sydney Airport for the period selected is below.

April - June 2018

Total movements

In quarter two there were 83 614 movements, ranging from 26 992 to 28 313 per month. On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • around 20 950 jet movements
  • around 6300 propeller and turbo-prop movements
  • around 610 helicopter movements.

The busiest month for jet movements was April with 21 600 movements and the least busy was June with 20 285 movements.


Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.

January - March 2018

Total movements

In quarter one there were 84 238 movements, ranging from 26 753 to 29 464 per month. On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • around 21 500 jet movements
  • around 6000 propeller and turbo-prop movements
  • around 860 helicopter movements.

The busiest month for jet movements was March with 22 263 movements and the least busy was February with 20 020 movements. The March figures reflect that Easter is one of the busiest times of the year for air travel. In particular, Good Friday, (30 March 2018), is typically one of the busiest days of the year.


Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.

October - December 2017

Total movements

In quarter four there were 86955 movements, ranging from 28578 to 29412 per month. On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • around 21 800 jet movements
  • around 6300 propeller and turbo-prop movements
  • around 850 helicopter movements.

The busiest month for jet movements was December with 22 232 movements, reflecting increased demand in the holiday season.


Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.

July - September 2017

Total movements

In quarter three there were 86 013 movements, ranging from 27 995 to 29 298 per month. On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • around 21 300 jet movements
  • around 6750 propeller and turbo-prop movements
  • around 620 helicopter movements.

The busiest month for jet movements was July with nearly 22 000 movements while September was the least busy with just under 21 000 movements.


Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.

April - June 2017

Total movements

Between April and June 2017 there were nearly 83 500 movements in total (between 27 000 and 28 300 per month). On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • around 20 600 jet movements
  • around 6500 propeller and turbo-prop movements
  • around 620 helicopter movements.

The busiest month for jet movements was April with nearly 21 000 movements (21 671). Good Friday (14 April 2017) is typically one of the busiest days of the year at Sydney Airport. Helicopter movements dropped back to 792 in April from the January peak of 998 movements, and declined further in May (579) and June (493).


Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.

January - March 2017

Total movements

Between January and March 2017 there were just under 84 000 movements in total (between 26 500 and 29 000 per month). On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • around 21 000 jet movements
  • around 6150 propeller and turbo-prop movements
  • around 750 helicopter movements.

The busiest month for jet movements was March (21 671) with just over a hundred more than January (21 757). Helicopter movements peaked in January at 998 movements. This is around the same as for December 2016, and reflects increased demand in the “holiday” season.


Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Total movements

There were 969 movements during the curfew this quarter.

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew categories Q1 2017

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.

2016 Overview

In 2016 there were a total of 340 993 movements at Sydney Airport. This is an increase of just under 3 per cent from 2015.

The fewest number of jet movements in any month of 2016 occurred in June with 19 655 movements. The peak for jets was in December with 22 055, reflecting the seasonal increase in demand during the holiday period.

There were 9362 helicopter movements in 2016, up from 8142 in 2015, an increase of 15 per cent.

There were a total of 3911 movements during the curfew.

October - December 2016

Total movements

Between October and December 2016 there were just over 87 000 movements in total (between 28 500 and 29 300 per month). On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • around 21 700 jet movements
  • around 6500 propeller and turbo-prop movements
  • around 900 helicopter movements.

Helicopter movements rose markedly in the month of December to 1001, up from 803 the previous month and 878 in October. This reflects additional “holiday period” demand for scenic flights.


Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Total movements

There were 940 movements during the curfew this quarter.

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew categories Oct and Nov 2016

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.

July - September 2016

Total movements

Total movements between July and September 2016 came to nearly 87 000 (between 28 000 and 29 500 per month). On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • around 21 000 jet movements per month
  • around 7000 turbo-prop movements
  • around 650 helicopter movements.

Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Total movements

There were 1183 movements during the curfew this quarter.

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew categories Q3

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.

April - June 2016

Total movements

Total movements between April – June 2016 was approximately 80 000 (between 26 000 and 27 500 per month), generally in line with the three year average:

  • jet numbers continue to average around 20 000 movements per month for the last 12 months
  • propeller aircraft numbers have remained constant between approximately 6 000 to 8 000 movements per month over the same period

Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Total movements

There were 1002 movements during the curfew this quarter. The rise from quarter one can be attributed to the “international quota” movements. These are flights with dispensations to land during the “shoulder period” of 5 am to 6 am in non-daylight saving periods only. In daylight saving periods these flights land after 6 am. Daylight saving began on 3 April and continued throughout the quarter.

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew categories

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.

January - March 2016

Total movements

There were around 84 000 movements from January to March 2016 (between 27 000 and 29 000 per month), slightly higher than the three year average:

  • jet numbers continue to average around 20 000 movements per month for the last 12 months
  • propeller aircraft numbers have remained constant between approximately 6 000 to 8 000 movements per month over the same period
  • hourly movements peak between 60-70 movements during the hours of 7am-11am and 6pm.
  • on average there were around eight movements per night during curfew hours, this is slightly higher than the three year average.
  • the BAe146 freighter aircraft had the most movements with between four to five movements per night during the curfew

Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Curfew movements

Total movements

There were 786 movements during the curfew this quarter.

Curfew movements by category

Certain types of operations are permitted in limited numbers during the curfew period. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

Curfew categories

Curfew movements by runway

During the curfew period departures should use Runway 16R and arrivals Runway 34L. There are a very limited circumstances where other runways can be used. Emergency services such as the Flying Doctor may use alternative runways due to the nature of their mission. Refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for further details.

This graph shows the total number of curfew movements that arrived on Runway 34L and departed from Runway 16R in the quarter, compared to other movements in the curfew period, including helipad movements. This is broken down by each hour of the curfew.

 

All movements that did not use the curfew runways in this quarter were emergency flights.