Travel delays, Easter long weekend: Travellers prepare for delays at airports as long weekend begins

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Travellers are getting a headstart on their Easter holiday plans, with hundreds of thousands bracing for long queues and delays as they pile into airports across the country.

The Easter long weekend officially begins on Friday, but many Aussies have booked Thursday morning flights to extend their holidays.

More than 130,000 people are expected to move through Sydney Airport in the next 24 hours alone.

There was already some traffic building on Southern Cross Drive at 7am as drivers head towards the airport.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Airport has said they are preparing for 1.7 million people and Brisbane Airport is expecting two million passengers to pass through in the next two weeks.

The latter has gone the extra mile and brought in therapy dogs to help ease the stress of the holiday period for travellers.

Those hitting the skies are urged to leave plenty of time to prepare for any potential delays as the airports work hard to keep up with increased demand.

Checking in online before arriving at the terminal could save a significant time on arrival, with long queues expected to grow throughout the day.

More to come.

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