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Issued: May 2012

  • Sydney Airport is not full. Without any change to runways, curfew or cap, Sydney and NSW will not require a secondary airport before 2045.
  •  Sydney Airport’s current government-approved Master Plan demonstrates it can accommodate more than double the passenger numbers with no changes in runways, curfew or cap. 
  • Since 2000, 41 per cent or 10 million more passengers have used Sydney Airport with only 0.3 per cent more aircraft movements. 
  • Due to advancements in technology on larger, quieter aircraft, the number of passengers on each service will continue to increase. 
  • Only 61 per cent of Sydney Airport’s slots are used and in the busiest hour, more slots have become available due to larger aircraft carrying more passengers. 
  • Sydney Airport has invested $2 billion in the past ten years, with further significant investment planned (at no cost to government) to deliver additional capacity.
  • Low cost carriers and growth in Asian markets will assist Sydney Airport in maximising use of the airport across the off-peak periods. 
  • The priority is to use the substantial surplus capacity at Sydney Airport. Determination of a site for any secondary airport is a matter for government. Sydney Airport has a first right of refusal over a secondary airport. 
  • Changes to current operating restrictions including the number of movements and minimum aircraft size as flagged by the Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region would make Sydney Airport substantially more efficient and increase both flexibility and capacity.

Sydney Airport Capacity (Calendar year 2011)