Every five years, Australia’s major airports – including Sydney Airport – are required to prepare and submit to the Australian Government for approval a 20-year Master Plan. Sydney Airport’s existing Master Plan was approved in 2009. A new Master Plan is now being prepared for the period 2013 to 2033.
The new Master Plan outlines the strategic direction for the airport’s development over the next 20 years. It includes development objectives, an assessment of the future needs of airlines and other airport users, a land use zoning plan, forecast changes in the number of airline passengers, flights and the volume of air freight, information about aircraft noise and the plans for dealing with any environmental issues associated with implementing the new Master Plan.
For the first five years of the 20-year planning period, the Master Plan includes a ground transport plan (which includes initiatives to reduce traffic congestion and encourage public transport) and an environment strategy (which includes sustainability initiatives).
The signing in 2008 of the Global Aviation Industry Commitment to Action on Climate Change by aviation industry leaders (including Sydney Airport) was an important demonstration of the industry’s worldwide commitment to introducing technological, operational and efficiency advances to reduce aviation’s contribution to climate change. Sydney Airport is committed to working with organisations across the aviation industry to target carbon-neutral growth by 2020, as a step towards a carbon-free future for aviation.
Airports are relatively large consumers of energy, most of which is electricity used in airport terminals for heating, cooling and lighting. Electricity and natural gas consumption make up over 98 per cent of greenhouse gases accounted for in Sydney Airport’s carbon footprint which, in 2010-11, was measured to be 95,593 tonnes. Sydney Airport has developed an Energy and Carbon Strategy 2013+, which sets out targets for responsible energy use and reduction of carbon emissions.
Key initiatives being considered for the future include:
The PDMP will be on public exhibition until Friday 30 August 2013. Sydney Airport is undertaking extensive community consultation with all key stakeholders including local government, Australian and NSW Government agencies, the aviation industry, business and community groups, as well as the broader community.
Copies of the PDMP and other related documents and information can be downloaded from www.sydneyairport.com.au. Copies will also be made available for public inspection in a number of locations around the airport. Regular Community Updates will be provided in local newspapers, and a series of Community Information Sessions will be held to allow people to view the documents, and have any questions answered by Sydney Airport representatives.
For further information, refer to the Sydney Airport website, phone the community information line on 1800 252 040 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the process of preparing a new Master Plan, Sydney Airport has first prepared and is now publicly exhibiting a Preliminary Draft Master Plan (PDMP). The public exhibition period for the PDMP concludes on Friday 30 August 2013.
As part of the consultation process, Sydney Airport invites the community and other stakeholders to view the PDMP and make a submission. After considering submissions, the PDMP will be revised where appropriate and submitted as a Draft Master Plan to the Australian Government for consideration.
To cater for growth, Sydney Airport has been implementing the existing 2009 Master Plan. Over $2 billion of investments and other initiatives during the past decade have led to increased service levels, enhanced safety and security, delivered environmental improvements and increased capacity to meet demand.
Development projects and other initiatives in the existing 2009 Master Plan that have been or are being implemented include:
The main difference between the existing 2009 Master Plan and the proposed new Master Plan is how the airport’s passenger terminals will be used in the future.
Today, the airport is divided into two terminal precincts, with international services operating from T1 and domestic/regional services operating from T2/T3. The new Master Plan would see the phased development of Sydney Airport, transforming it into two integrated terminal precincts, combining international, domestic and regional services under the one roof. This transformation would improve the passenger experience, enhance airport efficiency, boost capacity and reduce traffic congestion on roads in and around the passenger terminals.
As Sydney, NSW and Australia grow over the next 20 years, more people will choose to fly and demand for air travel will increase. Passenger numbers are forecast to gradually increase from 36.9 million in 2012 to 74.3 million in 2033 (average annual growth of 3.4%). Aircraft numbers are also forecast to gradually increase from 321,700 in 2012 to 409,500 in 2033 (average annual growth of 1.2%). Air freight is forecast to grow from 615,378 tonnes in 2012 to 1,011,312 tonnes in 2033 (average annual growth of 2.4%).
As a consequence of the Global Financial Crisis, forecast passenger and flight numbers in 2033 are less than the forecasts for 2029 shown in the existing Master Plan.
Sydney Airport will accommodate forecast growth in air travel because airport infrastructure and facilities – passenger terminals, freight facilities, taxiways, hangars, aircraft parking and car parking – will all be progressively upgraded and expanded. The road network in and around Sydney Airport’s passenger terminals will also be significantly upgraded to reduce traffic congestion.
At Sydney and around the world, the increasing use of new generation larger aircraft like the A380 means new aircraft can carry more passengers per flight than the older aircraft they are replacing. This makes aviation more efficient.
This is why in the period between 2000 and 2012, the number of passengers passing through Sydney Airport’s terminals increased by just over 50% and the number of passenger aircraft flights increased only by around 10%.
The PDMP is based on:
Sydney Airport is one of Australia’s single most important pieces of infrastructure and is a major generator of jobs and economic growth. A recent study by Deloitte Access Economics found that the airport generates or facilitates:
It is forecast that the economic activity generated or facilitated by the airport will increase to over $42 billion in 2033 and total employment will increase to over 400,000 by 2033.
Sydney Airport is committed to working with the community, governments and the aviation industry to manage and mitigate aircraft noise impacts, especially in areas close to the airport or under flight paths.
To be implemented, the new Master Plan requires no change to the curfew, no change to the aircraft movement cap, no change to noise sharing arrangements and no change to flight paths. No new runways are required.
Technology improvements mean that today’s new generation aircraft – like the A380 and soon-to-arrive B787 Dreamliner – are significantly quieter than the older noisy aircraft they are replacing. In fact, aircraft built today are about 75% quieter than they were 40 years ago. The aviation industry is working to reduce this even more. New technology means noise impacts from aircraft using Sydney Airport will continue to improve, helping to offset increased movements.
Ensuring passengers, visitors and airport workers can get to and from Sydney Airport efficiently and in a timely manner is vitally important. To facilitate this, Sydney Airport is committed to enabling a range of sustainable and cost effective transport options.
The PDMP includes a number of projects to significantly improve road capacity in and around Sydney Airport. In particular, proposed works to intersections around the T2/T3 precinct, proposed road works within the T1 precinct and the creation of public transport facilities in both precincts will improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in and around the airport when compared to today. The projects were developed in consultation with the NSW Government’s transport agencies.