Sat July 21, 2012 11:05am
THE federal government says Sydney desperately needs a second airport and has commissioned a scoping study into building one in the southwest Sydney suburb of Wilton.
Infrastructure and Transport minister Anthony Albanese said the main purpose of the study is to identify as early as possible the challenges and the opportunities of airport development.
"With passenger numbers expected to double by 2035, we know that Sydney's current aviation infrastructure will not cope with demand," Mr Albanese said in a statement on Saturday.
"If a second airport is not built, our national economy will suffer as congestion grows and flights and economic investment are turned away."
The study, which is expected to take six months, will also explore the use of RAAF Base Richmond for limited civil operations, Mr Albanese said.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has repeatedly rejected proposals for a second Sydney airport in Wilton.
He wants Canberra Airport expanded, with a high-speed rail link between Sydney and the nation's capital.