Sydney’s new global gateway taking shape


Australia’s best airport terminal is coming to life with work continuing on what will be the gateway welcoming traffic from across the world to Sydney’s west in only a few short years.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said the terminal is now coming to life, with the airport’s future customers helping to shape what will be Australia’s  new global gateway.

 “This will be the people’s airport, designed from the ground up for our customers and with our customers,” Hickey said.

“This terminal will be Australia’s newest and most exciting airport experience, offering a smooth, seamless connection from Sydney to the world.

 “Every element of this airport is being designed to deliver the most seamless and reliable experience possible for customers.”

 Hickey said thousands of Australians have now signed up to the Western Sydney International Panel, regularly contributing their opinions on different elements of the airport experience, from their dream travel destinations to the retail and dining choices they want to see in the terminal.

A group of WSI Panel members, as well as some of Australia’s leading airlines, were recently invited to an exclusive viewing of the airport terminal plans, projected in real-life scale at LifeSize Plans in Western Sydney, to hear their feedback on different mock-ups and options for the terminal’s detailed layout.

Hickey said the terminal is being designed with the customer at its heart – from passengers, airlines, airport staff and air cargo operators.

“Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will set a new benchmark for what Australians will expect when they fly and the input from the WSI Panel members is already helping to bring that to life,” Hickey said.

WSI is on track to open to international, domestic and air cargo services in late 2026.