The billionth passenger, 10-year-old Katinka from the Blue Mountains, touched down with her mum and five-year-old with a flight with Singapore Airlines.
Geoff Culbert, CEO, Sydney Airport, who greeted Katinka on arrival in Sydney, said: “It is an exciting milestone to celebrate in our Centenary year. 100 years ago, our first commercial passenger arrived in the back of a two-seat bi-plane, landing on a dusty bullock paddock. Today, we are celebrating our billionth passenger who arrived courtesy of an Airbus A380 carrying nearly 450 people – the progress in aviation over the past 100 years is incredible.”
Sydney Airport welcomes more than 44 million passengers a year, and at the current rate of passenger growth will reach the two billion passenger milestone within the next 20 years.