Rethinking Sydney’s aviation future

“Not acting to implement a long-term strategy will have adverse economic costs for Sydney, New South Wales and Australia. Sydney’s airports are a national infrastructure investment and productivity issues, which Australia must address,” states a new report on Sydney’s aviation future which was overseen by an independent Steering Committee.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, has recently announced in a public statement that a joint study presented to the Australian and New South Wales Governments into Sydney’s aviation capacity highlights associated costs if upgrades to airport infrastructure and transport networks linking Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport to the CBD are delayed.

The economic consequences of failing to increase Sydney’s aviation capacity include losing $6 billion in GDP by 2035 with NSW to lose an estimated $2.3 billion in GSP over the same period.

Outlining three key areas, the report examines the following:

  1. Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport’s operation at full capacity.
  2. Protecting and expanding the role of other airports in the Sydney region; and
  3. Identification of a new site for a new airport to meet long-term growth predictions.

The report also outlines the demand for regular public transport services in the region. By 2035, approximately 88 million passenger trips will be taken each year to Sydney’s primary aviation region with this number doubling again by 2060.

States the report: “At the current capacity of eight trains per peak hour from the airport to the Central Business District, by 2035, services past the airport in the morning peak will be full before they reach the airport stations.

“From 2015, the capacity of existing road junctions at the entrance to the domestic terminal precinct will be exceeded, resulting in a near constant traffic jam on key roads to the CBD and M5 Motorway.”

Ultimately, the lengthy report stresses the importance of investing in aviation infrastructure. Investment in airfield infrastructure is thus required to minimise delays and loss of potential services as operations continue to grow and the airport approaches its peak period capacity.

Early additional investment in the airport’s road and rail connections is also essential.


To read the report in full, please click here.

To read Minister Albanese’s statement in full, please click here.

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