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Qantas and Virgin prepare for Western Sydney Airport

June 19, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Australia’s biggest airlines – Qantas and Virgin – are laying the groundwork to fly out of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

The two airlines have entered into Memoranda of Understanding that will pave the way for services, meaning the airlines will work with Western Sydney International to provide design and planning insights, as well as starting early discussions to plan potential routes.

The parties will also collaborate on integral functions such as sustainability, baggage handling, security and airport systems at the federally-funded, AUD 5.3 billion Western Sydney International. The first earthworks at the Badgerys Creek airport site began in September.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge, said the MOUs were a great development in progress towards the airport opening in 2026.

“Western Sydney International was always geared to being an airport for full-service airlines as well as low-cost carriers,” Tudge said.

“We are on track towards achieving this and today’s announcement will go a long way in guiding how Western Sydney International will take shape over the coming years.”

Tudge said the MOUs would result in a world-class airport for both travellers and airlines.

Where it’s happening. Badgerys Creek Road and Parkland, the site of Western Sydney Airport

Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will be designed to service international and domestic, as well as full-service and low-cost, carriers from the day it opens.

The government says around 11,000 jobs will be created during the construction phase and around 28,000 within five years of opening.

Western Sydney International will cater for up to 10 million passengers when it opens, but a gradual expansion to two runways means it will eventually cater for up to 82 million passengers by 2063, the size of London Heathrow and JFK in New York.

Edited by Peter Needham

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