The safety of airports is a very important factor in society. Airports are divided into landside and airside areas. Landside areas include parking lots, public transportation train stations and access roads whereas airside areas include all areas accessible to aircraft, including runways, taxiways and ramps. Access from landside areas to airside areas is closely controlled at most airports. Passengers on commercial flights access airside areas through terminals, where they can purchase tickets, clear security check, or claim luggage and board aircraft through gates. The waiting areas which provide passenger access to aircraft are typically called concourses, although this term is often used interchangeably with terminal.
The area where aircraft park next to a terminal to load passengers and baggage is known as a ramp (or "the tarmac"). Parking areas for aircraft away from terminals are called aprons.
Airports can be towered or non-towered, depending on air traffic density and available funds. Due to their high capacity and busy airspace, many international airports have air traffic control located on site.
Airports with international flights have customs and immigration facilities. However, as some countries have agreements that allow travel between them without customs and immigrations, such facilities are not aabsolute need for an international airport. International flights often require a higher level of physical security, although in recent years, many countries have adopted the same level of security for international and domestic travel.
Some airport structures include on-site hotels built within or attached to a terminal building. Airport hotels have grown popular due to their convenience for passing passengers and easy accessibility to the airport terminal. Many airport hotels also have agreements with airlines to provide overnight lodging for displaced passengers.
Airports are a busy place which means queuing for a cab can be tedious. Airport Link is a convenient train line that is connected from within the airport, both domestic and international terminals and allows travel to many suburbs of the main City Rail transport system. For more information, contact Airport Link. It could very well make your travels a lot more convenient and much quicker. With no traffic to stop you, you’ll be exploring Sydney in no time!
And whilst at the airport, did you know that Airport Link offers a $5.00 (one way, per person) transfer ticket for passengers transferring between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals, just to make your journey easier to and from the airport.
For more information, visit: http://www.airportlink.com.au