Building Australia’s best terminal
By Simon Hickey
27 October 2022
Western Sydney International Airport’s Chief Executive, Simon Hickey, updates International Airport Review’s readers on the airport’s state-of-the-art terminal building construction.
Work on Western Sydney International Airport’s world-class terminal is progressing ahead of welcoming its first passengers in late 2026. With a seamless design, inspired by the region’s natural beauty, flying from Sydney’s newest gateway will be a unique and exciting experience for customers.
Airport construction taking off
Construction on what will become Sydney’s biggest airport is on track with all major contracts now awarded. Multiplex is building the state-of-the-art terminal and began work at the 1,780 hectare Western Sydney International Airport site at the end of 2021.
The foundations have already been laid for what will become Australia’s best airport terminal.
More than a thousand piles have been completed for the terminal and more than half of the basement slab has now been poured. We’ll need around 11,000 cubic metres of concrete for the terminal basement slab, which is more than four Olympic swimming pools.
Sustainable and recycled materials are being used throughout the terminal, including the structure, finishes and furniture.
The 10km aviation fuel line is also under construction and when complete, will see fuel pumped from the on-site fuel farm across the airport site. Around 2.5km of pipe has already been welded to date.
Over the next few months, we’ll begin to see the terminal take shape as the team commence pouring the slab for our departures and arrivals levels, and start work on the airport’s feature columns, which are a hallmark design of the terminal entrance.
The terminal is on track to be delivered by the end of 2025, ready for customer and safety testing before the airport opens in late 2026.