Report recommends Badgery Creek for second airport

14 Mar 2012
Inna Kiner
Property Council of Australia

The joint Governmental report on Sydney’s second airport has names Badgerys Creek as the preferred site given its proximity to the growing Western Sydney market.

However given that both Federal and State Governments have so far ruled out the use of that site, the next best option identified was Wilton, some 25 km south of Campbelltown.

The need for a second airport was identified due to:

  • Sydney’s population reaching 6.2 million by 2036, with another 2 million people in surrounding regions, and
  • Demand for regular public transport services to double to approx. 88 million passenger trips by 2035 before doubling again by 2060.

These trends would mean Sydney Airport would need to deal with more than 76 million passengers and 460,000 aircraft movements by 2035.

The 3,000 page report therefore recommends action in three areas:

  1. Allowing Sydney Airport to operate to its full capacity
  2. Protecting and expanding the role of other airports in the region
  3. Identifying a site for a new airport to service long-term growth from 2030 onwards.

To view the Minister Albanese’s media release, please click here. To view the report, please click here.