Airport Plan

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The Western Sydney Airport project is one of the largest infrastructure projects Australia has seen in recent years, and would be the first major greenfield airport development in decades.

Find out more about the Western Sydney Airport project, what has happened so far and what the next steps are in An airport for Western Sydney: Building Western Sydney's future PDF: 9222 KB ReadSpeaker.

The Western Sydney Airport revised draft Airport Plan 2016

The Western Sydney Airport revised draft Airport Plan 2016 PDF: 33851 KB ReadSpeaker updates the draft Airport Plan released in October 2015 by taking into account the comments received during the public exhibition period held from October to December 2015. The revised draft Airport Plan provides information on Stage 1 of the proposed Western Sydney Airport, along with an overview of its potential long-term development.


The revised draft Airport Plan outlines the concept design for the airport development, including:

  • the development objectives for the proposed airport;
  • the land use plan for the airport site;
  • the airport layout.

Approving the Airport Plan

Following the Environment Minister's consideration of the EIS and the revised draft Airport Plan, the Environment Minister will notify the Infrastructure Minister whether the Airport Plan can be determined and what environmental conditions must be included in the plan. The Infrastructure Minister may then determine the Airport Plan, authorising the Stage 1 development of the proposed Western Sydney Airport. The development must meet any environmental conditions specified by the Environment Minister.

The draft Airport Plan 2015

The Western Sydney Airport draft Airport Plan PDF: 110608 KB ReadSpeaker was released for public exhibition on Monday 19 October 2015, along with the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The public exhibition period closed on Friday 18 December 2015.

Flight paths

Designing and finalising flight paths is a large and complex task that takes several years to complete. Prior to the opening of a Western Sydney Airport, a comprehensive airspace planning and design process will be undertaken, which includes ongoing community consultation and a focus on minimising overflight of residential areas.


The indicative Western Sydney Airport flight paths enable a valid and contemporary assessment of the potential extent and scale of impacts of aircraft operations for the purposes of the EIS.

For more information on the indicative flight paths and the design process, you can read the Flight paths for Western Sydney Airport factsheet PDF: 764 KB ReadSpeaker.

Environment and development requirements

Development of a Western Sydney Airport is a unique project. It is subject to environment and development requirements under both the federal Airports Act 1996 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).


The Airports Act 1996 was amended to reflect the unique requirements of the Western Sydney Airport project, including the development of the Airport Plan. The EIS for the proposed airport was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the EPBC Act 1999 and the EIS guidelines.