How will Western Sydney Airport affect the number of flights at Sydney Airport?

The Australian Government has said that with demand for aviation services in Sydney set to double over the next 20 years, a new airport is required to cater for this growth.

In 2014, the Government gave the go ahead for Western Sydney Airport. It is expected to open in late 2026.

The forecasts for numbers of airline passengers, the number of flights and the volume of airfreight in Sydney Airport’s Master Plan 2039 all assume that from late 2026, Sydney’s aviation demand will be served by two international airports – being Sydney Airport and Western Sydney Airport.

Sydney Airport is expected to continue to benefit from its proximity to the Sydney CBD and local tourist attractions, and its breadth of network connectivity for passengers travelling internationally, domestically and regionally.

More information about Western Sydney Airport can be found at

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