The latest on Western Sydney Airport

    Sydney’s proposed second airport at Badgery’s Creek recently commenced its initial earthworks and plans to be operational by 2025. WSA Co was incorporated by the Australian government in Aug-2017, charged with the design and construction of Western Sydney 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 reports progress on major airport contracts

    Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett announced (15-Nov-2018) Arup has been appointed to deliver airport planning services for Western Sydney Airport. In addition, the airport shortlisted three organisations for initial earthworks:

    • CPB Contractors and Lendlease JV;
    • Ferrovial Agroman and QH & M Birt JV;
    • Salini Impreglio.

    The contract for the first bulk earthworks package is expected to be awarded in mid 2019. The airport confirmed there are four remaining major works packages that will be released to market progressively, including earthwork on the southern half of the site, terminal and runway construction, and landside construction such as offices and car parks.

    Virgin Australia supportive of Western Sydney Airport project to ease capacity: CEO

    Virgin Australia Group CEO Rob Sharp expressed support for the Western Sydney Airport (WSA) project, commenting: “Sydney Kingsford Smith is basically full from a practical perspective” (australianavaition.com, 14-Nov-2018). “All the key slots that align with overseas are largely full so we’ve been a big supporter of Badgerys Creek”, he concluded.

    Western Sydney Airport outlines airspace design plans, due to be implemented by 2024

    Western Sydney Airport (WSA) outlined (04-Nov-2018) its plans for airspace design. Details include:

    • Airspace design to consist of the following four phases:
      • Planning (2017 to 2019);
      • Preliminary design (2019 to 2020) and environmental assessment (2021 to 2022);
      • Detailed design (2022 to 2023);
      • Implementation (2023 to 2024);
    • The steps in each of these phases will ensure airspace design maximises safety and efficiency, and minimises noise and environmental impacts, whilst also considering community and stakeholder feedback;
    • Airspace design for WSA has entered in the planning phase;
    • During the planning phase, a set of technical system requirements for the airport’s airspace design will be developed, including: ‘Safety is non-negotiable’; Aircraft arrivals will not converge through a single merge point over any single residential area; Flights over residential areas and noise sensitive facilities will be avoided as much as possible; The use of head-to-head operations, when safe to do so, is the preferred option for managing aircraft noise at night;
    • The preliminary design and environmental assessment will refer an airspace design to the Environment Minister for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.