The Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) has welcomed the commitment of the Coalition government to select a site for Sydney’s second airport.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss revealed that the planning process is well advanced and the Australian Government will identify a preferred site either late this year or early next year.
“On the basis of the Sydney master plan that’s being developed and the other information that’s been put together through a series of government inquiries and examinations now that have been going on for more than a decade, I'd expect a decision within months,” Mr Truss said.
The TTF said the announcement is a step in the right direction for the Australian travel industry.
“This issue has been the subject of numerous studies over many years, all of which have reached the same conclusion: that Badgerys Creek is the most appropriate site for a secondary Sydney airport,” TTF chief executive Ken Morrison said.
The modernisation of operating restrictions at Sydney Airport is the next issue in the firing line.
“A secondary airport is many years away so we need to take steps now to ensure we get the most out of the existing infrastructure to support the continuing growth of the visitor economy,” Mr Morrison said.