Saturday 22nd Feb, 2020

Western Sydney Airport signs 12 freight MOUs

Western Sydney Airport has entered Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with 12 international freight companies to help design the new freight precinct.

Toll Group and dnata are the latest companies to sign an MOU with Western Sydney Airport, joining other companies such as Australia Post (with StarTrack), DB Schenker, DHL Express, DSV Air and Sea, FedEx, Menzies Aviation, Swissport, Qantas Freight, Skyroad Logistics and Wymap.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said partnering with leading international freight companies provides valuable insights into the optimal design of a freight precinct.

“These partnerships help pave the way towards a genuinely world-class facility. Ongoing discussions with freight companies about potential operations will be focused on maximising efficiencies delivered by the new airport,” Cormann said.

Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said that Western Sydney International will bring unprecedented economic opportunities to the region and that its freight capacity would contribute significantly to the tens of thousands of jobs generated by the new airport.

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“Western Sydney International will provide an important freight hub in Sydney, with the advantage of 24‑hour air operations meaning that perishable or time‑sensitive Australian products could leave Sydney at night and arrive in Asian markets in time for sale the following morning,” Tudge said.

Senator for Western Sydney Marise Payne said Western Sydney International opens in 2026 it will have capacity for around 220,000 tonnes of freight a year – a figure which is expected to grow as the airport grows, with potential to handle around 1.8 million freight tonnes in the 2060s.

“Expanding the capacity of the freight network through the delivery of a cutting-edge freight precinct will help connect consumers with more goods from across the globe,” Payne said.

Federal Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh said Western Sydney International would be a catalyst for jobs and economic growth, bringing jobs closer to home for people in Western Sydney.

“The investment in Western Sydney and the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is unlocking potential in our community. With a number of emerging industries investing in our region, we have employment targets for local workers to make up at least 30 per cent of the workforce during construction and 50 per cent once the airport is operational,” McIntosh said.

“During construction over 11,000 jobs direct and indirect jobs will be supported and five years after opening over 28,000 full time jobs will be created, and we welcome investment from large, small and medium businesses.”