Federal Government rules out Bankstown becoming Sydney’s second airport

Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare today welcomed the decision by the Federal Government to reject Bankstown Airport as Sydney’s second airport.


Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese today released the Joint Study on Aviation Capacity in the Sydney region which recommended that

“Bankstown could provide an option for growth of operations by smaller RPT aircraft, including regional services, as slots for additional services become unavailable at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport.”

(Recommendation 12, page 24)

Minister Albanese has immediately ruled out this recommendation and restated his commitment that Bankstown will never become Sydney’s second airport.

“Bankstown Airport will not be developed as Sydney’s second airport,” Mr Albanese said.

“This is great news. I have always opposed Bankstown airport being used as Sydney’s second airport in any shape or form,” Mr Clare said.

“The Labor Government’s decision today has made it very clear there will be no second airport in Bankstown.”

“Bankstown Airport will not be expanded to take more regional aircraft while the Labor Government is in power. It’s now up to the Liberal Party to make the same commitment,” Mr Clare said.

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