Australia’s busiest airport is desperately trying to hire thousands of staff as vacation-starved Australians rush to book travel.
Sydney Airport will host a major job fair next Thursday, June 16, with roles available in security, baggage handling, government agencies, airlines, hospitality and retail.
The airport says it is “urgently recruiting” new team members to help with the influx of passengers hoping to escape after two years of border closures due to the Covid pandemic.
There are around 800 companies all operating at Sydney Airport, with masks mandatory inside the terminals.
The show will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and will take place in the international terminal T1.
“The job fair will give you the opportunity to talk to different airport employers. Over 40 companies will join us that day,” the airport said.
Sydney Airport is looking to hire thousands of staff as it prepares for an influx of passengers wishing to travel internationally
The airport says it is ‘urgently recruiting’ new team members and will hold a job fair next Thursday
The urgent call for staff comes after countless passengers complained of huge wait times before boarding their flights, and even longer delays in getting their passports.
In late April, passengers at Sydney Airport were seen queuing up to 300 meters long, as queues snaked around security checkpoints.
Similar delays were seen earlier that month for travelers planning a trip for the start of the school holidays with queues stretching a mile long.
Passengers complained of missing their flights while some claimed the long hold-up at the terminals had been made worse by free riders bursting past the lines.
In late April, passengers were seen waiting in queues up to 300 meters long, as queues snaked around security checkpoints.
A huge queue of travelers is seen at Sydney Airport in April
Airport bosses blamed school holidays, a shortage of security staff and, remarkably, forgetful passengers who have taken to removing items from their luggage to be scanned.
A spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia at the time: ‘We are extremely grateful to passengers for their continued patience and for treating each other and airport workers with kindness and respect.
“We have significant staff shortages related to COVID and we are also working to rebuild our workforce in a very tight job market. Unfortunately, this is an industry-wide problem, and airports and airlines around the world are facing similar challenges.
More recently, those wishing to travel abroad have been held back by massive delays in obtaining their passport or renewing it.
Some have been waiting for three months to get their passports, with many fearing they may have to postpone or cancel their holidays altogether.
With 2.4 million passports expiring during the Covid-19 pandemic, processing times have doubled since October (pictured, lines outside the Sydney Passport Office)
Sydney University student Ed Andronicus has been waiting nine weeks for his new passport which he will need when he travels to Bali next month.
A technical problem at the city’s passport office on Tuesday made it even more difficult, with some residents waiting all day just to be turned away.
“I’ve been waiting at the Sydney passport office for almost nine hours today. No communication on what’s going on, turned away people who have been waiting all day with flights tomorrow as the printers have been switched off now (they were supposed to close at 4 p.m.) Horrible,” one woman fumed.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has advised holidaymakers to allow six weeks for their new passports, but many say they have waited longer.
The Sydney Passport Office typically receives 7,000 to 9,000 applications each week, but applications in recent months have soared to 12,000.
It was a similar story at the Melbourne office, where desperate Australians – including mothers with children – spent three hours waiting in the cold.
A DFAT spokeswoman has since apologized for the delays and said wait times should stabilize “over the next few weeks.”