Australia’s best airport terminal is rapidly taking shape at Badgerys Creek as work continues on what will be the gateway welcoming passengers from across the world to South Western and Western Sydney.
Western Sydney Airport chief executive officer Simon Hickey said the terminal is now coming to life, with the airport’s future customers helping to shape what will be Australia’s new global gateway.
“This will be the people’s airport, designed from the ground up for our customers and with our customers,” Mr Hickey said.
“Piling of the terminal basement is now complete and concreting has passed the halfway mark. We’ve also started the concrete pour for what will eventually be the entrance to international and domestic departures.
“This terminal will be Australia’s newest and most exciting airport experience, offering a smooth, seamless connection from Sydney to the world.
“Every element of this airport is being designed to deliver the most seamless and reliable experience possible for customers. We will get passengers on their way sooner, whether that’s getting to your meeting on time or arriving home to loved ones.”
Mr Hickey said thousands of Australians have now signed up to the Western Sydney International Panel, regularly contributing their opinions on different elements of the airport experience, from their dream travel destinations to the retail and dining choices they want to see in the terminal.
A group of WSI panel members, as well as some of Australia’s leading airlines, were recently invited to an exclusive viewing of the airport terminal plans, projected in real-life scale at LifeSize Plans in Western Sydney, to hear their feedback on different mock-ups and options for the terminal’s detailed layout.
Mr Hickey said the terminal is being designed with the customer at its heart – from passengers, airlines, airport staff and air cargo operators.
“Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will set a new benchmark for what Australians will expect when they fly and the input from the WSI panel members is already helping to bring that to life,” Mr Hickey said.
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build an airport from the ground up with consideration for emerging technologies and sustainability at the forefront.
“We’re committed to ensuring the design pays tribute to Western Sydney’s rich Aboriginal heritage, connecting visitors arriving in Australia at Western Sydney International to more than 60,000 years of First Nations culture.”
The airport is on track to open to international, domestic and air cargo services in late 2026.