Western Sydney Airport has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ten Australian freight companies to design concepts for a cargo precinct at the airport.

The airport and freight companies will also commence negotiations about potential operations from the new site.

The freight companies that signed the MoU include Wymap, Skyroad Logistics, Qantas Freight, Swissport, Menzies Aviation, FedEx, DSV Air and Sea, DHL Express, DB Schenker and Australia Post (including StarTrack).

Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett stated that the new airport could become the city’s central cargo hub.

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He said: “The airport’s unrestricted 24/7 operations will be the key to unlocking new export opportunities for businesses and producers across Western Sydney and NSW.

“Goods produced in NSW will no longer have to be trucked to Brisbane or Melbourne in order to reach lucrative Asian markets overnight.”

Millett added that insights from these international freight leaders would help the new airport to optimise its design and functionality.

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Australian airports currently transport around one million tonnes of air cargo each year. This is expected to grow over the next ten years.

Western Sydney Airport is estimated to process 220,000t of cargo per year in its first phase. It plans to achieve this through its freight facility and dedicated cargo flight stands.

Future operations are expected to scale-up to an estimated 1.8 million tonnes per year.

Separate road access off Northern Road has been planned to direct heavy goods vehicles away from passenger traffic entering from the M12.

The airport also aims to promote Australian exporters, including the agricultural department located nearby.

Western Sydney Airport’s construction is expected to finish on schedule, with the airport opening in 2026.