Flight paths

The flight paths for Western Sydney Airport are currently being developed.

Airspace design in Australia generally starts with developing proof-of-concept flight paths. This first step was completed for Western Sydney Airport through developing indicative flight paths for the Environmental Impact Statement. These flight paths showed that Western Sydney Airport could operate safely and efficiently in the Sydney basin.

Detailed work to begin planning for the flight paths design started in 2017 and will be finalised in 2024. Before flight paths are finalised, the proposed design will be open for public consultation as part of the environmental assessment. This is expected to take place around 2021.

It is not uncommon that the flight path development process runs in parallel with aviation infrastructure construction. Both Brisbane and Perth Airports are undertaking new runway projects at the moment and are following a similar process.

The flight paths are being designed by a team of experts and overseen by an aviation Expert Steering Group. This team must take into account the airspace design principles required by the Western Sydney Airport Plan and develop flight paths based on maximising safety, efficiency and capacity, and minimising aircraft noise impacts on the community.

The Forum On Western Sydney Airport (FOWSA) links the community and stakeholders with the Australian Government and the Western Sydney Airport. The expert team developing the flight paths will regularly brief FOWSA about the project. FOWSA will ensure community and stakeholder views are heard in the development of flight paths

The aviation Expert Steering Group is led by the Department and includes Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Sydney Airport Corporation and Western Sydney Airport. The Chair of FOWSA attends ESG meetings as an ex-officio member. For more information about the role, structure and governance of the Expert Steering Group, read the Terms of Reference PDF: 386 KB ReadSpeaker.

For more information on the indicative flight paths and the design process, read the Western Sydney Airport factsheet.