Captain James Cook was the first European to set foot in Australia when his ship, HMS Endeavour, arrived on the southern shores of Botany Bay on April 29, 1770. In 2015, almost a quarter of a millennium later, about 14 million overseas travellers started or ended their journeys in almost the same place. Chris Frame explores what Sydney Airport has to offer.
Australia’s largest and most important airport is named Kingsford Smith after the Australian aviator who made the first transpacific flight in 1928. The facility was founded by World War One pilot, Wing Commander Nigel Love, in 1919, as part of his vision to establish an aviation engineering company near Sydney, New South Wales. He chose a meadow used for cattle grazing in the suburb of Mascot, 5 miles (8km) from the city, as a site for his business as the [then] remote location made the land affordable and helped avoid aircraft noise complaints.