Oceania (Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific) - Domestic flight leaving SYD T1
Apr 8, 12, 8:34 am
On an upcoming trip to Australia in June I have a domestic flight SYD-MEL that leaves from T1 (JQ35). It appears that based on information gleaned from the Sydney Airport website that I'll have to clear customs and immigration for this flight as it leaves from the international terminal.
I'm trying to figure out what time I should arrive at the airport for this flight. JQ35 is scheduled to leave at 1500. I'll be coming from the CBD.
Is there anything else I should be aware of in regards to this flight? Any advice will be gladly accepted. Hopefully I won't regret picking this particular flight.
I can't really answer the specifics of your question - JQ 35 goes to Bali (via MEL) hence its departure from the international terminal. In my limited experience of such flights, if you're on the purely-domestic leg of an international flight, your boarding pass will have a big "D" (= domestic) printed on it, which is what will get you out of immigration etc. in MEL without all the usual questions. Hopefully, others who have more familiarity with such flights, particularly out of Sydney, can provide input.
As to whether you'll "regret picking this particular flight", SYD-MEL is probably one of the most frequent/heavily travelled routes in existence (anywhere). Qantas flies every half hour during the morning and afternoon/evening peak and every hour the rest of the day. Virgin Blue does likewise. Why one would pick a Jetstar flight leaving from the international terminal, only you know!
As for check-in times, I assume this would qualify as a "domestic flight departing international terminals" (http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/planning-and-booking/checking-in/domestic). As it says "For domestic flights departing international terminals we recommend arriving at the Airport no less than two hours prior to departure. Check-in closes strictly 60 minutes before the scheduled departure."
Apr 10, 12, 5:49 am
Thanks for pointing out the "no less than two hours prior to departure". I had missed that on earlier readings of the JQ web page.
I ended up on on JQ35 as JQ informed me a of schedule change on my original flight. Surprising I was offered the choice as the schedule change on my original flight was only 10 minutes. Given the choice to leave SYD at 1500 instead of 1210 sounded appealing. After I selected JQ35 I discovered it left from the International terminal.
Thanks for the information about the red D. I'm really not worried about it but I like to know ahead of time about potential problems.
Apr 10, 12, 2:38 pm
If you have OW status, you will get to experience the international lounge, which has better offerings than the domestic lounge. Everything you purchase airside will also be GST free - although you won't be able to purchase larger items (like cameras and so on) smaller items - food and bev, newspapers and so on - will all be tax-free (not a big reduction, but as an example, a newspaper costing $1 will instead be 91c, rounded down to 90c).
You'll also get out at MEL fairly quickly with the bright orange D sticker, as you'll normally by-pass the checking stations.
Do bear in mind though that you can be selected for the full customs screening, even though you are a domestic passenger. This is because you have had the opportunity to mix with passengers who are subhect to immigration and customs control, in Sydney, on the flight, and on arrival in Melbourne, who would have had the opportunity to pass any contraband to you to avoid detection. It rarely happens, but it can. I've had it twice from about 40 such flights.
You will also need to retain your boarding pass, as this will get you through immigration and then customs on arrival (it will be taken from you by customs).
And you will need photo ID for this flight, rather than whatever ID they decide to accept for a normal domestic flight. This is a customs requirement, not an airline requirement.
Apr 10, 12, 8:36 pm
Thanks for the helpful information! I currently do not have OW status but maybe I'll luck out and get guested in. As this particular flight is around the mid point of my trip from the US I'll have my passport with me for photo id.
It sounds like this flight should work out just fine.
Apr 16, 12, 3:19 pm
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You are also swubject to international screening requirements instead of domestic. So no liquids over 100mls (allowed on domestic in Aus). Though I believe new scaners in international will be overcoming this shortly.