The latest on Western Sydney Airport

Sydney’s proposed second airport at Badgery’s Creek is expected to commence construction in 2018.  WSA Co was incorporated by the Australian government in Aug-2017, charged with the design and construction of the new airport. Let’s take a look at the most recent updates regarding this important development for tourism, trade and transport in Sydney and all of Australia.

Western Sydney Airport CEO to speak at CAPA Australia Pac Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit

CAPA – Centre for Aviation confirmed Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millet as a speaker for the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit in Sydney on 01/02-Aug-2018. Other additions to the already impressive list include: Agri-nomics Australia non executive director Barry Parsons and Regional Express deputy chairman & independent director John Sharp.

Australian Federal Government confirms Bechtel will oversee construction of Western Sydney Airport

Australia’s Federal Government announced (30-Jun-2018) it had selected engineering giant Bechtel, to oversee construction of the AUD5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport. Bechtel, which is responsible for major airport upgrades in London, Dubai and Hong Kong, will work alongside Australian companies Lendlease and CPB, who have been awarded the early earthworks contracts. Federal Cities Minister Paul Fletcher confirmed “The Western Sydney Airport is going ahead,” and bulldozers are set to be on site “before the end of the year”.

Australian Govt formally transfers Western Sydney Airport site to WSA Co

Australia’s Government signed (May-2018) over the Western Sydney Airport site to WSA Co, the company established to construct the airport. The airport lease formally provides WSA Co with the right to construct and operate Western Sydney Airport, with early stage earthworks due to commence before the end of 2018. WSA Co was incorporated in Aug-2017 as a wholly government owned company.

IATA calls for Kingsford Smith’s full capabilities to be utilised until completion of Badgerys Creek

IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac, speaking at the Australasian Aviation Press Club, welcomed (31-May-2018) progress on Western Sydney Airport and called for a “solid execution” of the project. Mr de Juniac added: “This includes developing a vision on the roles of Badgerys Creek and Kingsford Smith and the connectivity between the two airports… Until Phase one of Badgerys Creek is ready in 2026, there is an urgent need to find ways to use Kingsford Smith to its full capabilities”.

Australia Govt commits to Western Sydney airport: ‘Massive spend for a massively important project’

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack, speaking at the IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit, stated (05-Jun-2018) the government has committed up to AUD5.5 billion (USD4.2 billion) in funds to build Western Sydney Airport, a “massive spend for a massively important project”. The project will address the long recognised issue of passenger constraints in Sydney, Mr McCormack stated.