AirlineRatings.com has captured a magnificent video of Sydney Airport at dawn on the approach to runway 18L.
The approach takes the aircraft over – and to the left – of the Qantas Terminal and the airline’s maintenance facilities as well as the Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Rex terminal.
The runway is one of the two parallel runways.
On the far side of the airport can be seen the International Terminal which is used for all international flights.
This year on 19 November, Sydney Airport celebrates its 100th year, making it one of the world’s oldest continually operating airports.
From that solitary flight piloted by pioneer aviator Nigel Love carrying just one passenger, the airport has grown to handle 44 million passengers every year.
In 1919, Nigel Love chose a bullock paddock in Mascot to launch his aviation ambitions, the location where Sydney Airport still stands 100 years later. Love piloted the first commercial flight in Sydney that same year, heralding the start of a new era in aviation.
Charles Ulm is one of Australia’s most visionary aviation trailblazers. Ulm flew the record-breaking circumnavigation of Australia in 1927 and was part of a four-man crew on the ‘Southern Cross’, the world’s first trans-Pacific flight from the United States in 1928.
Sydney Airport has renamed its two corporate buildings to honour Australian aviation pioneers Nigel Love and Charles Ulm.
Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the airport’s centenary was an incredible milestone.
“We’re proud to celebrate 100 years of being a part of the fabric of this city,” he said.
“Renaming our headquarters pays tribute to the significant contribution both Nigel Love and Charles Ulm played in the history of both our airport and nation. They were among the first to foresee the incredible potential of global air travel.”
The airport shared an unveiling ceremony with the families of some of the most important aviation trailblazers in history. Descendants from Nigel Love, Charles UIm, Charles Kingsford Smith, Nancy-Bird Walton, Billy Marshall and Keith “Bill” Bradfield, all gathered together for the first time to honour their family legacies.