Western Sydney Airport reveals airfield design

An artist's impression of the Western Sydney Airport. Construction will begin in 2022.
An artist's impression of the Western Sydney Airport. Construction will begin in 2022.

Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport has released video drone footage of preparations made to the site, as well as an animated fly-through of the runway, ahead of runway construction beginning next year.

The Western Sydney International (WSI) team claimed that cutting-edge technology and innovative design would come together on the airfield, setting "a new benchmark for air travel" in Australia.

WSI's runway will handle commercial aircraft, including the new generation of ultra-long-haul airliners like the A350-1000 and Boeing 777X.

It will be equipped with a modern CAT III-B instrument landing system.

Lighting will be LED with recycled content used where possible. This includes crushed sandstone from tunnelling projects across Sydney, which will support construction of the runway, taxiways and roads.

Western Sydney Airport airside animation

Airfield construction will include more than 40 kilometres of roads and the installation of 3000 aeronautical ground lights. There will be 90 kilometres of power and fibre optic cabling utilised to electrify the airport.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said the airfield design was innovative, and would lead to reduced taxi times, preventing delays on the tarmac that could be frustrating for passengers and costly for airlines.

"Our airfield's design means we'll safely get planes in the air or to the gates faster," Mr Hickey said.

Western Sydney Airport construction set to begin in 2022

"Passengers and airlines will love using Western Sydney International because the experience we deliver will be seamless, safe and reliable from start to finish."

He said it would continue to operate safely in foggy conditions, and was designed for expansion in mind.

The Australian Government, responsible for the airport, said detailed work to begin planning for the flight paths design started in 2017 and would be finalised in 2024.

However, Macquarie MP Susan Templeman said "someone in government must know where the planes will be flying".

"So the Morrison Government has awarded the contract for construction of the runways, the contractor is saying the design is going to get planes to the gates faster, and yet we still aren't allowed to know where they will be flying overheard 24 hours a day, seven days a week?" Ms Templeman said.

WSI is reportedly on track to open to international, domestic and air cargo services in late 2026.