Plans for Sydney’s proposed second airport at Badgerys Creek reveal it will eventually be a giant, rivalling New York’s JFK and dwarfing Sydney Airport with double the existing airport’s capacity.
Construction could begin next year on the new facility, according to a leaked confidential report disclosed by News Corp Australia.
Sydney’s second major passenger airport is scheduled to cost about AUD 4 billion. The first stage would deliver an airport capable of serving 10 million passengers a year – but it would expand from there.
The first stage of the airport would see a single east-west runway of 3.7 kilometres built, the plans reveal.
Another runway the same length would then be built, so by 2050, the new airport would have twin parallel 3.7 kilometre runways. Passenger terminals would stand between those and the complex could serve 80 million passengers a year.
Meanwhile, Sydney Airport, which currently handles about 40 million passengers a year, has shown itself to be extremely sensitive on the subject of multinational corporate tax dodging and billboards focusing on that subject.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Sydney Airport has refused to display a billboard denouncing tax evasion by multinational companies.
The billboard states: “Our tax policy will make multinationals pay their fair share.” Bill Shorten, Labor leader.
The billboard is a new slogan by the Australian Labor Party (ALP). The airport says the proposed Labor billboard on the drive to its terminals would contravene its policy on political advertising.
An employee of APN Outdoor, owner of the billboard, give a different explanation, however, saying the objection was not political but hinged on concerns the billboard would cast multinationals in a poor light for business travellers arriving at the airport. The Sydney Morning Herald says it has seen correspondence to that effect.
APN Outdoor chief executive Richard Herring denies that interpretation, saying the objection to the billboard is definitely based on Sydney Airport’s policy on political advertising.
Written by Peter Needham