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Construction of the Western Sydney International Airport has taken a step forwards with works beginning on the new passenger terminal. 

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said this marked a significant step in this once-in-a-generation, city-shaping infrastructure project for Western Sydney.

“Around 11,000 jobs will be supported during construction alone, and currently around one in two workers are from right here in Western Sydney, driving income and opportunity for families across the region,” Mr Morrison said.

“Tens of thousands more jobs will be created when the airport is up and running in 2026, and millions of travellers are arriving into Sydney’s newest airport every year.”

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said construction on one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Australia was now around one quarter complete.

“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, work has continued to progress with nearly 22 million of earth now moved to date across  the site – which is about three times bigger than the Sydney CBD – and the airport on track to open in late 2026,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Work is now underway on the new state-of-the-art integrated passenger terminal, which will have the capacity to handle up to 10 million passengers a year once open.

“With this unique opportunity to build an airport from the ground up, we are able to roll out cutting-edge technology to make the passenger experience smoother and easier than at existing airports, and the security systems more effective but less intrusive.

“The new airport will not only be a state-of-the art piece of infrastructure but is an integral element of the surrounding aerotropolis and the broader Western Parkland city.”

New South Wales Premier, Dominic Perrottet, said the airport would boost economic activity and provide employment opportunities for the Western Sydney region.

“This new airport integrates with our vision for Western Sydney and the future of how people will live, work and travel,” Mr Perrottet said.

“It means jobs for Western Sydney and will create new, convenient travel options for those who live in our west.”

The contract for the airside pavements package, which will include the 3.7km runway and rapid-exit taxiways, was awarded in September 2021, with construction due to begin next year. 

Bulk earthworks are around 75 per cent complete.

In addition to the $5.3 billion investment in Western Sydney International, the Federal Government has invested $9 billion in rail and road links that will transform the Western Sydney region.

This includes the $3.5 billion investment to deliver new major road infrastructure and upgrades under the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, and $5.25 billion towards the first stage of the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport rail link.

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