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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.

Discover what a Western Sydney Airport could look like by watching the new video. The 3D-animated video brings to life a Western Sydney Airport based on the indicative layouts in the Airport Plan.

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 Plan 2016

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure, has determined the Western Sydney Airport Plan PDF: 12899 KB ReadSpeaker. This determination provides the authorisation to allow the construction and operation of Stage 1 of the airport (a single runway facility expected to be operational in the mid-2020s).


This Airport Plan includes details on concept design, indicative airport layout and zoning, indicative air traffic forecasts and noise contours for the initial airport development and also the longer-term development. This plan outlines an adaptable approach to allow a Western Sydney Airport to grow in stages to meet projected aviation demand.

Conditions have been placed on the Stage 1 development of the airport PDF: 2482 KB ReadSpeaker, which must be complied with. These are now contained in the Airport Plan and will ensure the mitigation measures detailed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be implemented.

The draft and revised draft Airport Plans

The draft Airport Plan 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.

A revised draft Airport Plan was released on 15 September 2016, along with the finalised EIS, which took into account the comments received during the public exhibition period. The revised draft Airport Plan was provided to the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy, together with the finalised EIS.

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.

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 1996and 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 airport was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the EPBC Act 1999 and the EIS guidelines.