Sydney Airport releases Master Plan 2039 to accommodate 51% increase in pax numbers

Sydney Airport has released its Master Plan 2039 designed to facilitate a 51% increase in passenger numbers to 65.6 million by 2039. The plan explores opportunities for infrastructure growth as well as the airport’s approach to sustainability into the planning and design for future Sydney Airport expansion. Master Plan 2039 also contains a Five-Year Ground Transport Plan and 20-Year Ground Transport Strategy to improve road network performance in and around Sydney Airport.

New Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said: “Sydney Airport is a vital infrastructure asset that generates over $38 billion in economic activity per annum for NSW and Australia. It also generates or facilitates more than 30,900 jobs on airport and 338,500 Full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs across NSW and Australia. Planning for the continued growth of Sydney Airport is vital to achieving our local, state and national employment, tourism and development objectives.”

Key objectives for Master Plan 2039:

  • Enhance safety and security for users of the airport;
  • Improve the efficiency of the airport;
  • Consider the community impact in all planning, development and operational activities;
  • Provide adaptable and flexible plans to accommodate aviation growth;
  • Enhance the experience of all passengers and airport users;
  • Maximise airport capacity to meet demand within existing operational constraints;
  • Continue to improve ground access to, from and past the airport;
  • Stimulate leisure and business travel to generate benefit and value for the economy;
  • Continue to improve environmental performance at the airport;
  • Create an airport that is able to compete internationally to capture aviation demand;
  • Further embed sustainability into airport decision making.

Airport Development to accommodate growth

The Airport Development Plan details the improvements to the ground transport network required to accommodate increased passenger, visitor, staff and freight traffic requirements to 2039. Key operational strategies for the Airport Development Plan are: Continued development of capacity in the T1 International Operations Precinct in the North West and South West Sectors; and Expanded capacity in the North East Sector to create a T2/T3 Integrated Operations Precinct that provides for international, domestic and regional passenger services. Highlights include:

  • North West Sector incorporating T1 international operations precinct:
    • New terminal infrastructure;
    • Apron and stand infrastructure;
    • Ground transport and utilities improvements;
    • Expansion of JUHI facility;
    • Air freight facilities consolidation;
    • Commercial developments of approximately 120,000sqm floor space;
  • South West Sector:
    • Satellite pier development;
    • Apron and stand infrastructure;
    • Airside terminal and satellite pier connections;
  • North East Sector:
    • T2/T3 Integrated Operations Precinct;
    • New terminal infrastructure;
    • Apron and stand infrastructure;
    • Ground transport and utilities improvements;
    • Relocate aircraft maintenance facilities;
    • Air freight facilities consolidation;
    • Commercial developments of approximately 120,000sqm floor space;
  • South East Sector:
    • Apron and stand infrastructure;
    • Satellite pier development;
    • Airside terminal and satellite pier connections;
    • General aviation facilities relocation;
    • Aircraft maintenance facilities;
    • Aviation support infrastructure;
    • Air traffic control tower;
    • Ground transport and utilities improvements;
    • Air freight facilities;
    • Commercial development.

Sydney Airport also plans to create a T2/T3 ‘Integrated Operations Precinct’ to handle both international and domestic services. Melbourne Tullamarine Airport also plans to handle international services from its domestic terminals within five years by installing ‘swing gates’ allowing international passengers to board international services from the domestic terminal.

Noise management

The Master Plan 2039 also includes detailed initiatives Sydney Airport has outlined to manage aircraft noise impacts, which continues to be one of the most significant environmental issues for people living close to the airport. Sydney Airport plans to:

  • Continue to provide and maintain the necessary on airport infrastructure allowing noise sharing to be implemented;
    • Noise sharing involves varying the use of runways to produce different combinations of flight paths affecting different parts of Sydney;
  • Invest in infrastructure to support next generation quieter aircraft;
  • Work closely with Australian, New South Wales and local governments to ensure appropriate planning policies are in place;
  • Consult and engage with the local community, including the Sydney Airport Community Forum.