Sydney to Get Second Airport by 2026

By Jesse Sokolow on 3 May 2017
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DSC_0505The Australian government announced on Tuesday plans to build a second international airport in Sydney, Western Sydney Airport.

The new airport will be located at Badgerys Creek, 31 miles (50 kilometers) west of the city center. The idea for the new facility was first floated over 70 years ago.

The city’s current airport, also known as Kingsford Smith airport as well as Sydney Airport, is located five miles (eight kilometers) south of the city’s center and is the busiest airport in the country. It is a primary hub for Qantas and a secondary hub for Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways.

Air traffic at Sydney Airport between 1985 and 2015 more than quadrupled, making the construction of a new facility necessary.

The new airport will reportedly cost 5 billion Australian dollars ($3.73 billion)

Sydney Airport is the longest continuously operated commercial airport as well as the oldest commercial international airport in the world. There are no plans to shutter it when the new airport opens.

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