Sydney Airport will ultimately be constrained by its location and operating restrictions, according to a new study that found a second Sydney gateway is needed to manage the expected 79 million travellers passing through Sydney by 2029.
Recommending Badgerys Creek as the preferred site for the secondary airport and Wilton as an alternative, an Infrastructure NSW report highlighted that although supplementary air capacity would not be required until the late 2020s, an immediate start on a second gateway would make it readily available to unmet demand for 100 flights per day by 2027.
Although owner of Sydney Airport, SACL believes the gateway has growth capacity for at least the next 20 years, the study said the increase in capacity from SACLs proposed concept stage plans to reconfigure the existing Domestic Terminal and International Terminal, is yet to be determined.
Aside from physical constraints, the report found additional regulatory restraints including; curfew, maximum movement limit and regional allocations, would also stifle growth.
It is Infrastructure NSWs view... that for the duration of the State Infrastructure Strategy, Sydney Airport will remain the hub airport for the Sydney region but additional secondary capacity may be needed from the late 2020s, the report read.
Pegging on the new infrastructure report to renew discussions of a second Sydney airport, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said findings would give the NSW state government an opportunity to really reconsider its position.
Mr Albanese said Sydney Airport was reaching full capacity, in terms of both planes and land access during peak hours and if a solution is not presented people would reconsider the city for events.
Sydney does need an airport for economic reasons, for employment and jobs and for our future as a global city, Mr Albanese told media.
Hopefully Mr Greiner's report will mark a bit of a line in the sand and an opportunity for the state government to really reconsider its position.
However,, NSW Premier Barry OFarrell has ruled out a second Sydney gateway, instead hoping to establish a high-speed rail link between Canberra airport and Sydney.
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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J