Take-off for Western Sydney Airport as Multiplex wins terminal contract

Take-off for Western Sydney Airport as Multiplex wins terminal contract

Multiplex has beaten Lendlease (ASX: LLC) and Watpac Construction to secure the contract to build the terminal facility of the $5.3 billion Western Sydney (Nancy Bird-Walton) International Airport.

The three construction giants were among the shortlist for the project, which is part of the stage one main works for the airport that is due to start with its first flights in 2026.

The announcement by Paul Fletcher, the Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, is a major milestone in bringing Sydney's second international airport a step closer to reality.

"After several years of preparing the airport site, including moving 18 million cubic metres of earth to date, construction is on track to commence on the integrated passenger terminal at the end of the year, which will have the capacity to handle up to 10 million passengers a year once it opens," says Fletcher.

"This project is a unique opportunity to build an airport from the ground up, allowing us to deploy the latest technology to ensure the passenger experience is smoother and easier than today's airports, and the security systems more effective but less intrusive."

The Federal Government has committed more than $14 billion the airport project, including $9 billion for metro rail and road links.

Minister for Finance Simon Birmingham says the Multiplex contract would ramp-up activity on the site of the airport in Badgerys Creek.

"With the contract for the passenger terminal now locked-in, billions in economic activity can kick-off and many more of the 28,000 direct and indirect jobs set to be created from the project can start to flow," says Birmingham.

"The integrated passenger terminal will be the centrepiece of this project and when completed will give Australians and travellers from all around the world a first-class experience when they pass through the airport."

The airport, to be named after pioneering Australian aviator Nancy Bird-Walton, will have a single 3.7km runway, a 90,000sqm terminal and carparking for 11,500 cars.

Future stages allow for construction of a second runway which is not expected for at least another 30 years.

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