Badgerys Creek has been named as the desired location. Image: AFP Earlier this year, Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) chief executive John Lee called for Badgerys Creek to be named as the site of Sydney’s secondary airport. “Badgerys Creek is by far the best option and we urge Tony Abbott and Barry O’Farrell to now get on and make it happen.” IATA director general Tony Tyler also stressed the imperative requirement of a second airport. “Pilots are forced to carry 20 minutes holding heading into Sydney – more than most major airports – which adds to fuel costs and is generally inefficient. “When pilots can’t land at Kingsford Smith, due to weather or traffic issues, they are forced to use Canberra, Melbourne or Brisbane as alternates,” Mr Safe said. Issues surrounding density can trigger knock-on inefficiencies, such as lengthy gate waiting times, according to newly-elected AIPA president Nathan Safe. In order to relieve the pressure at Kingsford Smith Airport, the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has said the only remaining option is for a secondary airport at Badgerys Creek. Sydney is one of the only major global cities without a second alternate airport and this has caused numerous problems for passengers and pilots, according to the Pilots Association. Source = ETB News: P.T.
Pilots Association call for second Sydney airport