The Australian Government has announced Federal Cabinet approval of Badgerys Creek as the site of a new Sydney Airport. The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, said the government preferred Sydney’s second airport to be built to the west of the city, at Badgerys Creek, to enable 24/7 operations. However, other Australian MPs are already saying the new airport should have a curfew in place to protect local residents. The current Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport has a curfew in operation between 23:00 and 06:00 local time and its owner will be offered the opportunity to operate the new airport.
The announcement comes after decades of debate. Mr Abbott said the decision was long overdue and added: “The planning and design work will start immediately, and my expectation is that construction will begin in 2016.” It is envisaged that the airport could open in the mid-2020s with a single runway operation before later developing a multi-runway layout.