Temporary Change to Qantas Night-time Freight Operations at Sydney Airport

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Night view of runways at Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney Airport), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia with runway lighting and parked planes visible

What is going to change?

The COVID-19 pandemic, and resultant social and travel restrictions, have had a material impact on Australian aviation, freight and logistics sectors.

Over 90 per cent of scheduled passenger flights have been cancelled nationally, which has translated into similar reductions in under-wing freight capacity.

Qantas is working closely with the Australian Government, Australia Post and other stakeholders to inject additional freighter capacity into the network, to ensure packages and produce continue to move around our country.

To assist Qantas in providing this critical support over the coming months, the Australian Government has provided dispensation for Qantas to operate Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 narrow body freighter aircraft during the curfew period at Sydney Airport.

The Boeing 737s and A320 freighters are younger, more fuel efficient and carry more freight per movement then existing aircraft operating overnight to/from Sydney Airport.

Freight operations are continuing throughout the day, however these operations are necessary at night-time due to supply chain and logistics requirements.

There will be no increase to the number of flights during the curfew. The number of total Qantas aircraft movements will not change as a result of the dispensation, and there are expected to be up to six of these Qantas freight movements (three arrival, three departure) per night. Aircraft will continue to operate on current flight paths for Runway 16R/34L.

Noise abatement procedures will continue to apply during curfew.

Residents living in Botany Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Inner West, Randwick, Rockdale, Sutherland Shire and Sydney Local Government Areas may notice a change in some aircraft operations between 11pm and 6am.

We recognise that some people may be more sensitive to aircraft operations occurring at night and therefore people living outside of these areas may also experience aircraft noise during these times.

When will this change occur?

The temporary change is planned from 11 May 2020 .

Released 8 May 2020


What is going to change?

The COVID-19 pandemic, and resultant social and travel restrictions, have had a material impact on Australian aviation, freight and logistics sectors.

Over 90 per cent of scheduled passenger flights have been cancelled nationally, which has translated into similar reductions in under-wing freight capacity.

Qantas is working closely with the Australian Government, Australia Post and other stakeholders to inject additional freighter capacity into the network, to ensure packages and produce continue to move around our country.

To assist Qantas in providing this critical support over the coming months, the Australian Government has provided dispensation for Qantas to operate Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 narrow body freighter aircraft during the curfew period at Sydney Airport.

The Boeing 737s and A320 freighters are younger, more fuel efficient and carry more freight per movement then existing aircraft operating overnight to/from Sydney Airport.

Freight operations are continuing throughout the day, however these operations are necessary at night-time due to supply chain and logistics requirements.

There will be no increase to the number of flights during the curfew. The number of total Qantas aircraft movements will not change as a result of the dispensation, and there are expected to be up to six of these Qantas freight movements (three arrival, three departure) per night. Aircraft will continue to operate on current flight paths for Runway 16R/34L.

Noise abatement procedures will continue to apply during curfew.

Residents living in Botany Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Inner West, Randwick, Rockdale, Sutherland Shire and Sydney Local Government Areas may notice a change in some aircraft operations between 11pm and 6am.

We recognise that some people may be more sensitive to aircraft operations occurring at night and therefore people living outside of these areas may also experience aircraft noise during these times.

When will this change occur?

The temporary change is planned from 11 May 2020 .

Released 8 May 2020