Perfect 10 for Western Sydney Airport freight precinct

Companies sign up to contribute design concepts and operations input

Perfect 10 for Western Sydney Airport freight precinct
Black (left) and Millett (right) at the launch


Days after DB Schenker broke cover on its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Western Sydney Airport, a total of 10 major freight companies are now flying the flag.

Australia Post, DHL Express, DSV Air and Sea, FedEx, Menzies Aviation, Swissport, Qantas Freight, Skyroad Logistics and Wymap are the other nine partners to work on design concepts and operations for the freight hub at the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

The first stage of the airport is set to boast a facility able to process about 220,000 tonnes of air freight per year – and an ability to expand to 1.8 million tonnes per year in the future.

Dedicated road access off the Northern Road would separate heavy vehicles from passenger traffic.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett says the aim is also to provide opportunities for Australian exporters, with an agribusiness precinct to be located adjacent to the airport.

"The airport’s unrestricted 24/7 operations will be the key to unlocking new export opportunities for businesses and producers across Western Sydney and NSW," Millett says.

"Goods produced in NSW will no longer have to be trucked to Brisbane or Melbourne in order to reach lucrative Asian markets overnight.

"The ongoing growth of online shopping as well as demand from Asia for Australian produce has had an enormous influence on the international freight market.

"Growing demand for pharmaceuticals, temperature-sensitive and perishable products will also play a key role in the future of air freight."

How DB Schenker made its Aerotropolis announcement, here

One of the signees, Australia Post CEO Bob Black, says the airport will "change how we develop our business".

"The ability to operate 24/7 will mean we can provide greater speed, flexibility and choice to our customers both here in Australia and around the world as eCommerce continues to boom.

"We’re excited to be partnering with Western Sydney International on this world-class freighter hub that will increase our network capability and provide excellent opportunities for our business and our customers into the future."

DHL Express CEO and senior vice president Oceania Gary Edstein says the company is committed to work with industry to assist in creating an efficient facility for the future.

"The development of Western Sydney International is a unique opportunity to contribute to the future of Australia’s international trade and further enable the exporting power of Australian businesses."

Skyroad Logistics managing director Peter Assel says Sydney remains the most difficult city in which to handle air cargo movements in and out due to infrastructure constraints.

"Western Sydney International not only represents a solution for this but also a closer solution that current secondary feeder airports."


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