Future Sydney Airport Options

One big airport out of town

This would allow the present site to be sold after the move to fund the new airport. Properly located, a new airport would affect very few people and if all affected homes were purchased, would be able to operate 24 hours. A new site could be designed to have an efficient layout, unlike Mascot which has grown by successive patch-ups. The new airport would need to be connected to the city by electric trains. The abandoned second Sydney airport site of Wilton is near rail and motorway links to the city.

A replacement airport will be the best option to solve Sydney’s aircraft noise problem. It will allow 900 hectares of inner city land to be developed for housing and modern industry, as well as freeing up the limitations on surrounding land imposed by the present airport. This will allow a more compact city for our future of high energy prices and the need to reduce greenhouse gases.

 Current airport and a big second airport

Some people think that this could work, moving all or most of the big international jets to a new airport and keeping regional and interstate flights at Mascot. The new airport would be costly and little extra land would be released at Mascot to pay for it. If only some airlines moved their flights to the second airport, it would create a winners and losers situation amongst the airlines, discouraging new airline operators. Existing airlines would try to retain their international flights access to Mascot.

Big Mascot and small second airport

The Liberal Government has selected Badgerys Creek for a second airport, but will start with only a single runway by the mid 2020’s. A small second airport would take regional and smaller interstate passenger flights. Having these flights at a second airport allows space at the main airport to operate more large jets. This is the worst possible option for Sydney residents.

One big airport at Mascot

This limits the economic benefit of aviation as the site is smaller than required and is limited by the necessity of a night time curfew to allow residents some seven quiet hours. Access to the city is good, but at the expense of local people copping tonnes of noise, air pollution and an unacceptable level of risk. This a very bad option for quality of life for Sydney people. The existing airlines like this option as it limits the space for new competitors, especially in the domestic airline market.

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