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The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit should boost passenger numbers on the airport train despite an impending fare increase.
Police are advising travellers to use the train to get to the airport between September 7 and 9, when many of the 21 world leaders will arrive and depart from Sydney Airport.
The delays to and from the airport will make life difficult for those who heed the State Government's warning to get out of the city during the APEC Leaders' Week from September 2 to 9.
The most reliable way to get to the airport on time will be by using the Airport Rail Link as the leaders' motorcades will cause road closures and traffic delays between the city and the airport, said deputy commander of the APEC 2007 NSW Police Security Command, Greg Rolph.
"Certainly on the 7th or the 9th of September they might have delays in and around the airport," Superintendent Rolph said. "If anyone is planning on travelling over that period they might take that into the account. A better option will be to take the airport train rather than travel by road."
The Herald reported today that ticket prices would climb next Monday with a return ticket from Central Station to the International Terminal costing $20.40, up from $18.50.
Superintendent Rolph said that the airport train service would not be affected by road closures.
"When the motorcades are moving there'll be diversions in place, road closures [and] restrictions on when you can travel," he said.
Each of the world leaders would have a specific level of security for their arrival at Sydney Airport, he said.
"When you have world leaders coming into the country obviously they're treated with a level of dignity and security," Superintendent Rolph said.
"They have tarmac [departures and arrivals], they have facilitated transfer through the arrivals halls. These will all be implemented to ensure that the leaders are greeted in the country with a level of respect. Understand [that] we've normal security arrangements at the airport anyway. We don't have general access to the runways. You can't walk out onto the tarmac and things like that."
Superintendent Rolph said that due to security concerns he was unable to specify when the leaders would arrive and depart.
The APEC Taskforce has said that there will be "no impact on commercial flight services" during the summit.
"Members of the public entering airport terminals at Sydney Airport will notice little difference to any other day," the taskforce said.
The taskforce has previously said that Circular Quay, Museum, and St James stations would be closed during the conference, with the Cahill Expressway and Eastern Distributor closed intermittently for motorcades.
by Edmund Tadros
Sydney Morning Herald
August 1, 2007 - 1:13PM
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