“The 21st Century cities will be all about their airports.”
The new Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek will be at the heart of Greater West City. This new ‘aerotropolis’ will also include high-tech industries, universities, convention centres, hotels, produce markets, and sporting stadiums. To service the airport, two new mini-cities, a north city and a south city, will be constructed by 2050. Greater Sydney Commission leaked internal documents also show that by year 2050, 37 million passengers will be accommodated through the new airport. “The new airport is a once in 50 year game-changer.
The aerotropolis could be 2-3 times the size of Macquarie Park by 2050, with industries like aerospace and defence, advanced logistics and manufacturing, tradeable clusters providing fresh food to Asia, and health and education campuses,” said Geoff Roberts, the Commission’s chief planner on the airport. With a predicted increase in jobs, plans for a dedicated rail line, and discussions around new infrastructure, the new airport at Badgerys Creek is looking to bring great advancement to the region. NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes stated, “The 18th Century was all about cities with ports, the 19th Century about rail, and the 20th Century about the car. But the 21st Century cities will be all about their airports.”