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June 9, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Sydney Airport is looking at building a fourth terminal, connected to the existing domestic terminals, for international travellers.

A report in the Sydney Morning Herald said Terminal 4 was part of preliminary plans to help the airport handle strong passenger growth and potential competition from Sydney’s new airport at Badgerys Creek in the city’s west. Badgerys Creek is slated to open in the “mid 2020s” – with 2026 one projected date.

Sydney Airport’s Terminal 4 would be built between Terminal 3 and Qantas Drive on the airport’s perimeter – a site currently occupied by the Qantas jet base.

Sydney Airport chairman Trevor Gerber was quoted as saying “the time is about right to have some significant expansion”. Demand was there, he added.

Sydney Airport is Australia’s biggest, handling 41.9 million passengers last year, a 6% rise.

Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather told the Herald it would be difficult to put a timeline on Terminal Four, pointing out that Qantas had a lease on its jet base until 2020.

Over the next five Sydney Airport will spend AUD 500 million on expanding its international terminal, with three new gates, new air bridges and larger baggage-claim areas.

Written by Peter Needham

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