Australian Airport Strikes: The Dates You Need To Know

If you're flying overseas in the next few days, we have some bad news for you: Australia's immigration and border protection workers are resuming strike action at major international airports around the country. This means your flight will probably be delayed. Here are the relevant dates and times for each Australian airport.

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Employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection are currently participating in protected industrial action at various international airports around Australia​. This is expected to cause flight delays. International travellers are urged to show up for their flights earlier than the nominal 2-3 hours.

"While the likely level of participation is unknown, we strongly encourage airline and cruise ship passengers to plan for potential delays by arriving at international airports and cruise ship terminals even earlier," the Department said in a statement.

If you have a flight scheduled between now and 8 April, there's a pretty good chance you'll be affected with the industrial action hitting most airports across multiple times of the day.

Here's when the strikes are planned to occur:

    Thursday 31 March 2016

    New South Wales

  • Sydney International Airport: 12 am - 12.15 am
  • Victoria

  • Melbourne International Airport: 4 am - 12 midday, 4 pm - 12 am
  • South Australia

  • Adelaide Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Cairns International Airport: 12 am - 1 am
  • Townsville Airport: 4 am - 12 midday
  • Coolangatta Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 10 pm
  • Northern Territory

  • Darwin Airport: 2 am - 10 am, 1 pm - 9 pm
  • Friday 1 April 2016

    New South Wales

  • Sydney International Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Overseas Passenger Terminal: 5 am - 7 pm
  • Victoria

  • Melbourne International Airport: 4 am - 12 midday, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Western Australia

  • Perth Airport (International terminal): 3 am - 11 am, 4 pm - 12 am
  • South Australia

  • Adelaide Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport: 12 am - 1 am, 5 am - 1 pm, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Coolangatta Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 10 pm
  • Northern Territory

  • Darwin Airport: 1 pm - 10 pm
  • Saturday 2 April 2016

    New South Wales

  • Sydney International Airport: 12 am - 12.15 am
  • Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport: 12 am - 1 am, 5 am - 1 pm, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Cairns International Airport: 4 am - 12 midday, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Townsville Airport: 4 pm - 12 am
  • Northern Territory

  • Darwin Airport: 2 am - 10 am
  • Sunday 3 April 2016

    New South Wales

  • Sydney International Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport: 12 am - 1 am
  • Cairns International Airport: 12 am - 1 am
  • Townsville Airport: 4 am - 12 midday
  • Western Australia

  • Perth Airport (International terminal): 3 am - 11 am, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Northern Territory

  • Darwin Airport: 1 pm - 9 pm
  • South Australia

  • Adelaide Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Monday 4 April 2016

    New South Wales

  • Sydney International Airport: 12 am - 12.15 am, 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Overseas Passenger Terminal: 5 am - 7 pm
  • Victoria

  • Melbourne International Airport: 4 am - 12 midday, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Coolangatta Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 10 pm
  • Cairns International Airport: 4 am - 12 midday, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Townsville Airport: 4 pm - 12 am
  • Western Australia

  • Perth Airport (International Terminal): 3 am - 11 am, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Northern Territory

  • Darwin Airport: 2 am - 10 am, 1 pm - 9 pm
  • South Australia

  • Adelaide Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Tuesday 5 April 2016

    New South Wales

  • Sydney International Airport: 12 am - 12.15 am
  • Victoria

  • Melbourne International Airport: 4 am - 12 midday, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport: 12 am - 1 am, 5am - 1 pm, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Coolangatta Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 10 pm
  • Cairns International Airport: 12 am - 1 am
  • Townsville Airport: 4 am - 12 midday
  • Western Australia

  • Perth Airport (International terminal): 3 am - 11 am, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Northern Territory

  • Darwin Airport: 2 am - 10 am, 1 pm - 9 pm
  • Wednesday 6 April 2016

    New South Wales

  • Sydney International Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport: 12 am - 1 am, 5am - 1 pm, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Coolangatta Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 10 pm
  • Cairns International Airport – 4 am - 12 midday, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Western Australia

  • Perth Airport (International terminal): 3 am - 11 am, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Thursday 7 April 2016

    New South Wales

  • Sydney International Airport: 12 am - 12.15 am; 5 am - 1pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Overseas Passenger Terminal: 5 am - 7 pm
  • Victoria

  • Melbourne International Airport: 4 am - 12 midday, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport: 12 am - 1 am
  • Coolangatta Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 10 pm
  • Cairns International Airport: 12 am - 1 am; 4 am - 12 midday, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Townsville Airport: 4 am - 12 midday
  • Western Australia

  • Perth Airport (International terminal): 3 am - 11 am, 4 pm - 12 am
  • South Australia

  • Adelaide Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Friday 8 April 2016

    New South Wales

  • Sydney International Airport: 12 am - 12.15 am
  • Overseas Passenger Terminal: 5 am - 7 pm
  • Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 5 pm - 12 am
  • Cairns International Airport: 12 am - 1 am
  • Western Australia

  • Perth Airport (International terminal): 3 am - 11 am, 4 pm - 12 am
  • South Australia

  • Adelaide Airport: 5 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 12 am
  • Northern Territory

  • Darwin Airport: 2 am - 10 am, 1 pm - 10 pm

Our advice? Turn up one hour earlier than you normally would, cross your fingers and bring a book/battery charger.

[Via: Dept. Immigration & Border Protection]


Comments

    In Perth we waited for an hour since two planes landed at about the same time so prepare for that.

    What about those who are arriving?

    Should I expect several hour delay to pick up my luggage or something?

    I arrived at Brisbane International on Monday morning - smack bang in the middle of the "strike" action and took me less than 15 minutes from getting my luggage to being out the doors....

    The Border Protection Officer I spoke to said all strike action had been cancelled due to the Brussels explosions - not sure who is telling the truth to be honest, but there was ZERO impact on Brisbane on Monday - with 3 planes arriving at the same time.

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