Sydney Airport has released its latest Preliminary Draft Master Plan 2039 (Master Plan 2039) for the period 2019 to 2039 that underlines its various growth prospects over the next 20 years.

The master plan, which seeks public feedback, has been prepared in consultation with the airlines, Australian and NSW Government agencies, other members of the aviation industry, local government, the tourism industry, and the business sector.

The plan will be submitted to the Australian Government for approval after incorporating necessary changes.

The new plan envisages that global passengers passing through Sydney Airport’s terminals would double over the next 20 years. The plan also predicts a 51% surge in passenger traffic at the airport to 65.6 million by 2039.

The master plan said: “Our proximity to Asia and increases in global tourism and travel are expected to drive international travel. In particular, growth in major Asian markets, including China, India, South Korea and Vietnam.

“By 2039 we anticipate that the split between domestic and international passengers travelling through the airport will be 52% and 48%, respectively.”

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Growth in the number of aircraft movements is forecast to be lower than passenger growth, with 408,260 aircraft movement predicted in 2039. The figure represents a 17% increase compared to 2017.

“By 2039 we anticipate that the split between domestic and international passengers travelling through the airport will be 52% and 48%, respectively.”

Outlining its key operational strategies, the airport said that it aims continued development of capacity in the T1 International Operations Precinct in the North West and South West Sectors.

It also seeks expanded capacity in the North East Sector to create a T2/T3 integrated operations precinct that will support international, domestic and regional passenger services.

Moreover, the master plan outlines improvements to taxiways, aprons and infrastructure. Through the taxiway improvements, the airport aims to reduce taxiing times for aircraft.

Development of new aprons across each of the terminal precincts is intended to accommodate aircraft stand demand in 2039, while aviation support infrastructure is intended to reduce impacts on the environment and community.

The plan includes new active remote aircraft parking stands in the North East and South West Sectors, as well as new remote aircraft parking stands in the South East Sector.

It includes a new air traffic control tower in the South East Sector that will be developed by Airservices Australia.

In addition, the plan covers expansion of the Joint User Hydrant Installation and extension of apron hydrant systems, and development of new freight facilities in the Northern Lands and South East Sectors.