Pre-dawn queues pile up as airports brace for holiday chaos

Travelers around the country are being told to brace for another round of airport chaoswith millions of passengers set to jet off for the school holidays.

Melbourne Airport was already packed ahead of 6am this morning, with long queues for checking in.

The airport has said it is expecting 2.1 million people to pass through from today to July 14, compared to 1.7 million over the busy Easter period.

Airports are braced for chaos over the school holidays. (9News)

Sydney Airport has issued a similar warning to customers, forecasting another 2.1 million people through the airport from June 27 to July 17.

This also easily outstrips Sydney’s 1.8 million airport travelers seen over Easter.

Meanwhile, a memo from Swissport, a contractor for Qantas, has revealed that baggage handlers will be paid an extra $50 a day until the end of the year.

Airports have struggled to cope with passenger demand after what amounts to a two-year industry shutdown. (9News)

This measure aims to shore up a shortfall in workers.

Passengers are advised to get to the airport about two hours early for a domestic flight and three hours ahead of an international flight.

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“It’s great that passengers are arriving well ahead of their flights, but it’s important to arrive as close as possible to the advised times, and not any earlier,” Sydney Airport general manager of operations Greg Hay said.

“Some domestic airlines do not open baggage check-in until two hours prior and if you get to the airport too early you could end up having an additional wait.”

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