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New Sydney airport seeks help from freight firms on new hub design


Western Sydney Airport has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with ten leading freight companies to gain their opinions and suggestions about the design concepts for an on-airport freight precinct. The airport is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2026, according to Shipping Gazette.
Freight companies signing up to work with Western Sydney Airport on concepts for the air cargo hub include Australia Post (including StarTrack), DB Schenker, DHL Express, DSV Air and Sea, FedEx, Menzies Aviation, Swissport, Qantas Freight, Skyroad Logistics and Wymap.
Western Sydney Airport chief executive Graham Millett said Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport's "unrestricted 24/7 operations will be the key to unlocking new export opportunities for businesses and producers across western Sydney and New South Wales (NSW)."
He was quoted as saying in a report by London's Air Cargo News: "Goods produced in NSW will no longer have to be trucked to Brisbane or Melbourne in order to reach lucrative Asian markets overnight."
Mr Millett said insights from these international freight leaders would help Western Sydney Airport optimise the design and functionality for its customers.
"The ongoing growth of online shopping as well as demand from Asia for Australian fresh produce, has had an enormous influence on the international freight market," he said. "Growing demand for pharmaceuticals, temperature-sensitive and perishable products will also play a key role in the future of air freight."
The first stage of the airport has the potential to process 220,000 tonnes of air freight annually through its proposed on-airport freight facility, with multiple dedicated freighter aircraft stands. This is set to scale up with demand, potentially handling 1.8 million tonnes of airfreight each year in the future.
Western Sydney International will also provide space for Australian exporters, including the agribusiness precinct located adjacent to the airport.

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