Western Sydney Airport unveils design, local businesses to benefit

Western Sydney Airport recently unveiled the final design of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport's passenger terminal at Badgery's Creek - one step closer for Hawkesbury businesses wanting to cash-in on the opportunities the new, closer airport will create for exports.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said every aspect of the design brought together world's best practice to create a terminal that would offer passengers and airlines an experience unrivalled among Australian airports.

"This will be Australia's best airport terminal, unlike anything seen before in this country," Mr Hickey said.

"It sets a new benchmark for what Australians will expect when they fly."

The design reportedly draws on Australia's natural beauty, the region's rich Aboriginal heritage and strong sustainability principles.

The terminal design is purported to be easy to navigate, and great customer service will be a focus for Western Sydney Airport.

"Flying from Western Sydney International will be fast, easy and seamless," Mr Hickey said.

"For airlines, our terminal will be all about operational efficiency and reliability, providing an environment where passengers arrive at the aircraft feeling relaxed and ready to fly."

WSA General Manager - Community Engagement and Partnerships, Katy Hannouch, said in April that Western Sydney International's air cargo operations would mean quality produce grown in the Hawkesbury could be available for sale in Asian markets only hours later.

"Now is the right time for Hawkesbury business owners to think global and start considering the possibilities that having ready access to an international air cargo hub will create for their businesses," she said.

Terminal construction alone is expected to create more than 1400 direct jobs and thousands more indirect jobs through its flow-on benefits to suppliers and the local economy. This is in addition to the jobs created by the project's earthworks, runway construction and other civil and building works across the massive 1780-hectare site.

Terminal construction is due to begin at the end of the year. Western Sydney International claims it is on track to begin international and domestic passenger services and air cargo operations in late 2026.