The CEO of Western Sydney Airport provides an update on plans for terminals as they promise it to be “the people’s airport.”
The construction of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in Badgerys Creek has just passed the halfway point as they aim to provide a “seamless and reliable” experience for an estimated 10 million passengers when they open terminals in 2026.
“This terminal will be Australia’s newest and most exciting airport experience, offering a smooth, seamless connection from Sydney to the world,” the CEO of Western Sydney Airport, Simon Hickey, told local news media.
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build an airport from the ground up with consideration for emerging technologies and sustainability at the forefront,”
Mr. Hickey has credited the opinions of thousands of Australians, selected as part of the Western Sydney International Panel for influencing the designs and layouts of terminals, in hopes of satisfying passengers’ current demands from their airport experience.
“This will be the people’s airport, designed from the ground up for our customers and with our customers,” Mr. Hickey said.
“Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will set a new benchmark for what Australians will expect when they fly and the input from the WSI Panel members is already helping to bring that to life.”
Why is Sydney Getting a Second Airport?
With Sydney being one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the existing Kingsford-Smith Airport (KSA) in Mascot has had to balance operations with being located in the densely populated Inner-South area, with a curfew being in place for night-time flying since 1995.
As covered by Travel Radar, after decades of political limbo and anxiety that infrastructure at KSA would hit maximum capacity by 2030. The plans to build the Western Sydney Airport in the sparsely populated Badgerys Creek were officially given the green light by both Federal and State Governments in 2014 for $5.3 billion.
The airport is planned to operate to a full 24-hour flight schedule and is estimated by the federal government to create more than 28,000 new jobs.