Qantas has given its backing to a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek with chief executive Alan Joyce describing it as a “vital piece of economic infrastructure”
Badgerys Creek was “clearly” the right site, he said, with a number of detailed studies demonstrating its suitability.
“After decades of debate, we applaud the announcement by the Prime Minister,” Joyce said. “The role of second airports has been well established in several of the world’s major capitals. Sydney is the key gateway for air traffic in and out of Australia and the benefits of having two major airports will be felt nationwide.”
The Tourist and Transport Forum (TTF) also welcomed the news, highlighting the lack of a curfew as a particularly positive development.
“This is unequivocally great news for Australia’s $107 billion tourism industry,” TTF chief executive Ken Morrison said. “Importantly the government also recognises the need to invest in transport infrastructure to serve a Badgerys Creek airport and Western Sydney more broadly and we look forward to more details in the coming days.
"We would encourage the federal government to help fund a full suite of transport infrastructure, including roads and a rail link connecting Badgerys Creek to the Sydney rail network.”
Construction of the airport is to start in 2016.