Today marks a significant milestone in the development of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, with construction officially starting on the 3.7-kilometre runway.
Today marks a significant milestone in the development of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, with construction of the 3.7-kilometre runway officially underway.
Construction of the 3.7-kilometre runway and rapid-exit taxiways is expected to support more than 1,200 direct jobs.
A total of about 11,000 jobs are expected to be supported over the course of construction of the airport itself. Tens of thousands more jobs are expected to be created following the opening of the airport in late 2026.
The entire project is now nearly 30 per cent complete and on track to commence operations in late 2026.
Around 3,000 LED aeronautical ground lights will be used to line the runways and taxiways, as well as 90 kilometres of power and fibre optic cabling to power it.
Rapid-exit taxiways will ensure WSA runs efficiently while allowing more traffic through the airport.
More than 40 kilometres of airside roads will also be constructed, allowing multiple access points and manoeuvrability around the runway.
The runways will be able to handle a full spectrum of aircraft models, including international, domestic and freight services.
The new airport will have the capacity to handle up to 10 million passengers a year when it opens in 2026, unlocking Western Sydney to the nation and the world.
Find out more:
- Read the Minister's media release
- Visit the website