Finalisation of the airport plan for the Western Sydney Airport means that all the approvals are now in place, after decades of studies and planning.
The aim is for the airport to be ready to take its first passengers by the mid-2020s. Stage 1 of the airport will comprise a single runway and facilities to cater for 10 million passengers per year. A second parallel runway is expected to be required by about 2050. Western Sydney’s population is predicted to reach three million in the 2030s and the airport is seen as crucial in delivering aviation services to residents of the area.
Minister for the environment and energy Josh Frydenberg has considered the Airport Plan against the findings of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and strict conditions have been placed on the airport’s development. These conditions are binding for the developer and operator of the airport.
The Australian and New South Wales governments are working together to put road and rail links in place to the airport site. Construction on the AU$3.6bn Western Sydney infrastructure plan is well underway. Rail options are currently under consideration, as is the preservation of a rail corridor on the airport site.