North-South, East-West, Third Runway, Which is Best?


Hobart, Australia

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Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is located in the suburb of Mascot in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is the only airport serving Sydney, and is a major hub for Qantas.

Situated next to Botany Bay, the airport has three runways, colloquially known as the “East-West”, “North-South” and “Third” runways.

The international terminal is on the right of this image and the domestic terminals are on the left.

Sydney Airport is one of the oldest continually operated airports in the world, and the busiest airport in Australia, handling 35.9 million passengers in 2010 and 289,741 aircraft movements in 2009. It was the 28th busiest airport in the world in 2009.

The airport is managed by Sydney Airport Corporation Limited (SACL). Flights from Sydney link with all states and territories of Australia. Currently 47 domestic destinations are served to Sydney direct.

History Behind the Name

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith – the name behind Sydney Airport

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith – skilled pilot and energetic adventurer – was one of the world’s leading pioneer aviators. Better known to his fellow Australians simply by his nickname Smithy, he was born in Brisbane on 9 February, 1897.
The thought of conquering time and distance by air was a passion from an early age and following service as an infantryman in Gallipoli, Smithy joined the Royal Flying Corps.

In 1928, while in the USA, he purchased a Fokker Tri-Motor and named the aircraft Southern Cross in honour of Australia. Soon after he set out on a record-breaking flight that would capture the imagination of the world.

On 31 May Smithy took off with a crew of four to fly from the USA to Australia. After flying 83 hours and 42 minutes, refuelling at tiny islands along the way, Smithy and his crew arrived in Brisbane having created the first air link between Australia and the United States.

The spanning of the ocean was acclaimed as the most brilliant feat of aviation and navigation the world has witnessed.

Kingsford-Smith was knighted in 1932 for services to aviation and later was appointed honorary Air Commodore of the Royal Australian Air Force.
After a lifetime of accolades for record- breaking flights and heroic feats, Smithy was lost attempting a world record flight from England to Australia in November 1935.

Some months later a wheel was salvaged off the coast of Burma.

Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport was so named to honour an Australian pioneer of the skies and one of the world’s greatest aviators.

Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot from passenger cabin of Boeing 737.

Featured 06/09/11 in From the Cockpit Group

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