Western Sydney International Airport is Named After Famous Aviator

Nancy Bird in a Gipsy Moth at Kingsford Smith Flying School, 1933 / by unknown photographer. (Wikipedia Commons)

Western Sydney International Airport, due to open in 2026, has been named in honour of one of Australia’s great aviators, Nancy-Bird Walton.

The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, accompanied by members of Nancy-Bird’s family, announced the full Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport title on March 4.

The airport’s CEO, Graham Millett, said Nancy-Bird Walton’s pioneering spirit made her the perfect namesake for the infrastructure project.

“Western Sydney International is a once-in-a-generation project that promises a new era of jobs and opportunities for the millions of people who call the region home,” Mr Millett said.

“I think it is a fitting recognition of a trailblazing aviator and one of Australia’s great pioneers, Nancy-Bird Walton.”

Mr Millett added that the inclusion of ‘International’ in the name was important to ensure the premium nature of the airport is recognised globally.

“This will be a full-service airport, offering international, domestic and freight flights,” Mr Millett said.

“The community has been clear that including ‘International’ in the name is important to giving the Airport and its namesake region the status it deserves.

“Western Sydney International will be about the size of Gold Coast Airport [IATA: OOL] when it opens and will gradually grow in stages and over decades to become the nation’s largest aviation gateway.”