We were joined on the Australian Aviation podcast by Graham Millett, the chief executive of the new Western Sydney Airport being built at Badgerys Creek.
As you would know, it has been a very long road to breaking ground on the Badgerys Creek location. In fact, a second the second Sydney airport was first flagged in the 1940s. It was talked about, planned and then shelved by a succession of politicians and their governments.
After facing the worst possible headlines and statements from politicians and journalists such as “The second airport will never be built” and “Sydney doesn’t need a second airport”, ground was finally broken on September 24th 2018.
As you can appreciate this is a massive infrastructure project and new airports like these don’t come around often. In fact, it is not described as once in a lifetime but more as a once in a hundred years type project.
The roads, the rail and the drone planning coupled alongside the Aerotropolis is incredible, and the jobs that are created as a result can only be a good thing for the NSW economy. The new airport will support more than 11,000 new jobs during construction and around 28,000 jobs in the first 5-years of operation.
Listen in as Graham gives us some background to the project and how we can expect it to roll out initially when it opens in 2026 and what the future looks like all the way out into the 2080s.
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