Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek has received the green light from the Federal government, with initial construction to start in 2016 for first flights in 10 years’ time.
Located past the south-west edge of Sydney’s suburban sprawl, and already formally dubbed Sydney West Airport (with an airport code of SWZ), Badgerys Creek will begin with a single runway suitable for both domestic and international flights.
However, there will be scope to add a parallel second runway if needed.
The new airport will operate 24 hours a day, compared to the current 11pm to 6am curfew imposed by Sydney Airport on international flights.
The countdown begins...
Today’s decision fires the starter’s gun on an extensive period of planning and consultation before work begins on the site.
One crucial element of this is the infrastructure investment needed to support the airport’s construction and ongoing operation, including the cost of access roads and a railway link.
In February this year NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell rejected a federal transport funding package of $200 million, saying the amount “seems to be missing a zero.”
It’s expected that a substantially higher sum could be revealed in the May federal budget but presented as part of a broader-reaching infrastructure plan for the western Sydney region, to help appease MPs whose electorates fall under the likely flight paths.
The government’s approval of Badgerys Creek also sets in motion the procedure for giving Sydney Airport Corporation first right of refusal to manage the new airport.
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