The vision for Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is a step closer to reality with three parties shortlisted to build the airport’s passenger terminal.
Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said the integrated international and domestic passenger terminal will offer passengers and their families a stress-free travel experience.
“The advantage of designing a new airport from the ground up is taking a fresh, new approach, learning from the global experiences of airports, passengers and airlines,” he said.
“As well as looking at what makes the world’s best airports work so well, we gained insights from our airline MOU partners that helped us design a terminal that will make catching a plane fast and easy.”
The terminal precinct will include a public plaza, retail and dining options and will be connected to the new M12 Motorway and Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport train service.
Mr Hickey said sustainability was a key consideration in the terminal design and will take advantage of natural sunlight and air flows to reduce energy use and create a healthier, more comfortable environment.
Four new images of the terminal concept design were released today as the shortlist of three parties vying to win the terminal design and construction contract was revealed:
• Lendlease CPB Joint Venture (a joint venture between Lendlease Building and CPB Contractors)
• Multiplex Constructions
• Watpac Construction
Design of Western Sydney International’s passenger terminal is ongoing and will be finalised when the winning contractor is appointed in mid-2021. Terminal construction is due to begin by the end of 2021.
Mr Hickey said that despite the impact of COVID-19 on travel, the need for Western Sydney International is as strong as ever.
“Experts forecast that global air travel demand will recover from COVID-19 well before the airport opens at the end of 2026,” he said.
“We’re building an airport for Sydney’s future, to support jobs in Western Sydney, as well as growth in tourism and the economy.
“This is airport is not just for the next decade, but for decades and generations to come.”
The first stage of Western Sydney International is on track to open in 2026 and will cater for up to 10 million passengers a year. The airport is being designed to grow with demand and is predicted to reach 82 million annual passenger capacity in the 2060s, when it will become one of the largest gateways to Australia.