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School holidays will kick off in a matter of hours in New South Wales and residents are warned to brace for delays on the roads and in the air.

Sydney Airport and the roads are bustling already but no significant delays have been recorded as of yet.

But residents are warned to prepare for chaos later today.

A generic view of Sydney Airport on 11 May, 2023.
Sydney Airport is bracing for travellers as holidays begin. (Brook Mitchell)

It comes as a Tourism and Transport Forum Australia survey found 72 per cent of Australians will take a holiday during this school break.

That’s double those who did last April.

The survey said 60 per cent of those holidayers will travel domestically with 36 per cent staying in their own state and 24 per cent leaving with the Gold Coast the most popular destination.

Only 12 per cent of those surveyed will be heading overseas.

Sydney Airport
Sydney Airport was moving smoothly on Friday morning. (9News)

CEO Margy Osmond warned rising living costs are continuing to impact Australians’ decision-making around travel.

“It’s fantastic to see more Australians are planning to go away these school holidays, with the majority spending their tourism dollars here at home,” she said.

“But cost pressures are still having an impact with many shortening their trip or choosing cheaper accommodation to save money.”

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Parking one of these badly could see you ‘fined’ $50

Sydneysiders are urged to keep an eye on Live Traffic for any warnings of delays on the city’s roads this afternoon as the holidays kick off.

As always, anyone heading to the airport should leave adequate time before flight departures – including two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international.

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