News from Sydney: More than 2.1 million passengers are expected to flood Sydney Airport during the July school holidays

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Millions pass through Sydney Airport

More than 2.1 million passengers are expected to fly in and out of Sydney Airport during the July school holidays.

The forecast includes 1.5 million domestic customers and 560,000 international passengers.

That’s 300,000 more people than in April, when the airport was struggling with massive delays.

Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert welcomed the surge in passenger numbers but warned of long waits.

“It’s great to see continued demand for air travel, but we’re not going to sugarcoat the fact that terminals will be busy during the school holidays and there will be queues,” he said.

“We’re doing everything we can to get people on their way, including deploying 60 additional customer service representatives daily in the terminals to manage queues and move passengers forward in order of flight priority.”

The airport says passenger traffic has recovered to 69 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

Passengers are advised to arrive two hours before departure for domestic flights and three hours before departure for international flights, unless otherwise advised by their airline.

Foot traffic is expected to be highest on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, with the latter being considered the busiest day.

Two bodies found in house

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The deaths are being investigated by the police. (ABC News: Dan Cox)

Detectives are investigating the deaths of a man and woman after their bodies were found in a Central Coast home yesterday.

As of last night, the bodies had yet to be officially identified, but it was believed they were both in their 80s.

Emergency services found the bodies yesterday afternoon while responding to a social report at an apartment building on Maidens Brush Rd, Wyoming.

A report is prepared for the coroner.

Police have asked anyone who might have information that could assist the detectives to contact Crime Stoppers.

Opal fare increase

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Opal tariffs will increase next month.(AAP: Joel Carrett)

Opal prices will increase by an average of 3 percent across Sydney from next month.

The cap of $50 per week for adults, $25 per week for youth and concessionaires, and the $2.50 per day cap for retirees remain in place.

Howard Collins, Transport for NSW’s chief operations officer, said the increase had been kept to a minimum and was below the 5 per cent increase recommended by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Explosion in West Sydney kitchen

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Emergency services on site last night.(TNV)

A man was hospitalized with severe burns after an explosion in a kitchen in Parramatta last night.

Emergency services were called to a restaurant on River Road West and found the man with multiple injuries.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Brian Parsell said the 23-year-old man was taken to Concord Hospital with burns to his head, arms and chest.

“We believe the burns were from an explosion at a restaurant where the gentleman worked,” he said.

NSW Police and Fire Brigade are investigating the cause of the explosion.

Play cards to crack cold cases

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The NSW Police’s Unsolved Homicide Unit and Corrective Services NSW, in association with Crime Stoppers and the Homicide Victims’ Support Group, have introduced playing cards in prisons depicting victims of cold case killings.(Supplied: NSW Police)

Inmates in NSW prisons are being presented with a deck of cards with pictures of cold case murder victims in a bid to spark some memories.

Each deck contains cards with a photo and information about an unsolved murder or suspicious disappearance.

Deputy Prime Minister and Police Minister Paul Toole said the initiative had been planned over many years in close consultation with victims’ families.

“Today is about honoring victims’ memories, supporting their families in their quest for justice, and encouraging inmates with important information to come forward,” he said.

NSW Police Homicide Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty hoped the cards would generate new leads by disseminating important information about alleged victims among inmates.

“This format has had success in the United States and other jurisdictions here in Australia, and we’ve worked together through Operation Veritas for almost two years to make sure we’re getting it right,” he said.

“We know that inmates often share details about their crimes or those committed by staff; this is about capitalizing on that and gathering new information to move these cases forward.”

Bail laws as a “balancing exercise”

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NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman will seek to change the law this week. (AAP: Joel Carrett)

The NSW Government will seek to strengthen bail laws which allow some accused criminals to live in the community while awaiting court appearances.

Two changes to the Bail Bonds Act 2013 are to be tabled in Parliament this week.

The first is that if the offender is sentenced to full-time imprisonment, bail must be refused after a conviction or a guilty plea and before conviction, unless special or exceptional circumstances can be identified.

The second change requires electronic surveillance systems to meet a specific standard.

“Getting our bail laws right is a delicate balancing act,” said a statement from Attorney General Mark Speakman’s office.

“Where there is room for improvement, the NSW Government is committed to acting quickly and decisively to protect our community and to support our frontline services to protect our community, as we are doing this week.”

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