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Airports urge school holiday travelers to plan ahead, with millions expected to fly interstate in July

Authorities are warning people to plan their travels ahead of time as millions stream into airports for the winter school holidays kick off in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Airports across Australia are expected to be the busiest they’ve been since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic.

It all comes as the industry scrambles to get on top of a critical worker shortage and fill thousands of jobs.

How many people are traveling?

More than 2 million passengers are expected to transit through Melbourne Airport over the July school holidays.

The same amount of people are expected to travel through Sydney Airport.

Long queues at Sydney Airport earlier in June.(ABC News: Kamin Gock)

And Brisbane Airport is bracing for traveler volumes at 95 per cent pre-pandemic levels.

That includes an estimated 55,000 passengers who are expected to board domestic flights on peak days over the next month.

About 9,000 people are expected to head overseas from Brisbane today, which is a post-pandemic record.

So how can I avoid extra airport stress?

While there have been recent reports of canceled flights and missing luggage, airport queues are far from chaotic.

Right now they’re just really busy.

Airports have rostered extra staff to deal with the busier periods, with school holidays in Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory beginning this afternoon.

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