Push for passenger flights at Bankstown Airport

August 9, 2017 by  

Passenger flights from Bankstown Airport could be introduced by the end of 2017, according to airport chief executive Lee de Winton.

Located near Milperra, in Sydney’s South Western region, the Bankstown airport is keen to provide regular passenger services.

De Winton said the airport, which is situated on a large 313 hectare site, currently offers flight-training facilities, as well as providing space for overnight freight flights, emergency services, government and police.

In all, she said, there are about 100 different companies that operate from within the airport.

An airport masterplan, for which a graphic design was created three years ago, includes a services expansion proposal aimed at passenger flights. De Winton said:

“The Masterplan includes a proposal for 12 passenger movements a day – six flights in and six out – for 4380 aircraft movements per year.”

She said a Sydney to Canberra flight would be ideal, adding:

“A smaller aircraft, bespoke service for regional flights – I would love to see that type of service here.”

If approval for passenger flights was forthcoming, de Winton said plans for a passenger terminal are ready to act upon.

A $203m deal in 2015 saw First State Super and Altis Property Partners purchase the Sydney Metro Airports’ operations at Camden and Bankstown.

In 2016 the airport also inherited a proposal worth $161m to develop a 41ha section of non-aviation land into a large business park, which de Winton believes will be ideal for light industrial businesses.