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The construction of a second major airport in the Sydney area is imperative not just for the nation’s premier city but for the economic development of the entire country.

The existing KingsfordSmith Airport at Mascot accounts for one in every five aircraft movements in Australia and almost half of the nation’s international arrivals. Demand for aviation services continues to increase.

The new Western Sydney Airport will eventually target business travellers as well as budget travellers and will not just be a low-cost terminal, says Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce warned the new airport needed to be "lower cost than Kingsford Smith" and operate 24 hours a day to justify shifting its Jetstar operations to Badgerys Creek "There's no incentive for us to move Jetstar's operations if if s more expensive or the same cost," Mr Joyce told Macquarie's Australia conference in Sydney, adding some airports were high-priced 'Taj Mahals".

Thursday, 04 May 2017 15:26

The Australian - Airport Takes Off

Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher has delivered the western Sydney airport project at a total cost of $5.5bn, and thankfully it will not be controlled by Sydney Airport.

The Howard government had previously erred by granting Sydney Airport the first right of refusal over the second airport, which on any competition ground was just plain dumb.

QANTAS and construction giant Lend Lease are eyeing opportunities in the new Badgerys Creek airport development, after Malcolm Turnbull moved to take control of the long-overdue project yesterday.

The Prime Minister acted after Sydney Airport Corporation passed up the chance to build and operate the new airport, which is poised to unlock billions of dollars of investment across Sydney’s west. Qantas boss Alan Joyce yesterday flagged moving Jetstar’s operating base from Kingsford Smith to Badgerys Creek, after it opens in 2026, saying Kingsford Smith could act as a "premium airport" and Badgerys Creek as a "low-cost" option.

The Turnbull government will deliver record infrastructure spending in next week's budget, following confirmation it will go it alone and build Sydney's $6 billion second airport with a promise to have construction tenders finalised by the end of the year.

Sydney Airport Group yesterday rejected the offer to take on the project, under its first right of refusal, claiming it could not make the project fly financially.

BEN FORDHAM:

Paul Fletcher, the Minister for Urban Infrastructure. He’s live in the studio. Good afternoon to you Minister.

PAUL FLETCHER:

Good afternoon, Ben, good to be here.

PAUL FLETCHER:

Today the Turnbull Government has announced that it will be building Western Sydney Airport. This is a very important milestone in what’s been a journey since the Coalition Government committed, in 2014, to build Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. Since that time we have gone through a regulatory approval process, issued a draft environmental impact statement and a final environmental impact statement. We issued an airport plan at the end of last year, which creates the regulatory approval under the Commonwealth Airports Act, to build an airport here at Badgerys Creek. And we issued what’s called the Notice of Intention to Sydney Airport Corporation, which sets out the terms under which, if they chose, they could have built Western Sydney Airport. We were required to do that under their right of first refusal, which they have had since Kingswood Smith Airport, which was privatised in 2010.

WENDY HARMER:

And Paul Fletcher joins us. He’s the Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure. Good morning, Minister.

PAUL FLETCHER:

Good morning Wendy. Good to be with you.

PETER VAN ONSELEN:

You can choose to watch that, but why do any of that when I’m about to speak to our Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher. He joins me live in the studio, thanks for your company.

PAUL FLETCHER:

Pleasure, Peter.

KRISTINA KENEALLY:  

Minister, thank you for joining us.

PETER VAN ONSELEN:  

Thanks for your company.

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