Construction of passenger terminal underway at Western Sydney Airport

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on a previous visit to the site. Photo: Megan Dunn.
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The new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport has hit another major milestone with construction now underway on the passenger terminal.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended the airport site this morning as work kicked off.

Mr Morrison said this morning’s announcement marked a significant step in the project.

“The delivery of the Western Sydney International Airport proves once again our Government’s ability to get things done,” he said.

“We have made this happen. It is already delivering major benefits for Western Sydney, as we knew it would, and it only gets better from here.

“The Coalition will continue to invest in job-creating infrastructure that drives investment and secures Australia’s economic recovery

“Our total $14 billion investment in the airport and transport links is transforming this powerhouse region, attracting investment and supporting jobs for generations to come.

“Around 11,000 jobs will be supported during construction alone, and currently around one in two workers are from right here in Western Sydney, driving income and opportunity for families across the region.

“Tens of thousands more jobs will be created when the airport is up and running in 2026, and millions of travellers are arriving into Sydney’s newest airport every year.

“The airport will also play a crucial role in the nation’s aviation future, delivering dynamic global connections for the region and opening up even further possibilities for new routes and services.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said construction on one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Australia was now around one quarter complete.

“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, work has continued to progress with nearly 22 million cubic metres of earth now moved to date across the site – which is about three times bigger than the Sydney CBD – and the airport on track to open in late 2026,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Today we announce another important milestone has been reached, with work now underway on the new state-of-the-art integrated passenger terminal, which will have the capacity to handle up to 10 million passengers a year once open.

“With this unique opportunity to build an airport from the ground up, we are able to roll out cutting-edge technology to make the passenger experience smoother and easier than at existing airports, and the security systems more effective but less intrusive.

“The new airport will not only be a state-of-the art piece of infrastructure but is an integral element of the surrounding aerotropolis and the broader Western Parkland city.

“In its own right, Western Sydney would be Australia’s fourth largest city and third largest economy, which is why the Morrison Government has committed $14 billion to the airport and vital metro rail and road links that will transform the region.”

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