Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in Australia has begun runway construction works.

The project includes a 3.7km runway as well as rapid-exit taxiways, which will be equipped with advanced technologies.

Once completed, the new runway project is expected to minimise taxi and holding times, preventing delays on the tarmac.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said: “Not only are we building Australia’s best airport terminal – we’re building Australia’s best runway, delivering a travel experience that will be unrivalled in this country.

“Our airfield’s design means we’ll safely get planes in the air or to the gates faster.

“Passengers and airlines will love using Western Sydney International because the experience we deliver will be seamless, safe and reliable from start to finish.”

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The new runway will be designed to handle a wide range of aircraft, including from the new generation of ultra-long-haul airliners, such as the A350-1000 and Boeing 777X.

It will feature a modern CAT III-B instrument landing system.

Hickey claims that the technologies and design will set a new benchmark for air travel in Australia.

The project will include a focus on sustainability on the airfield as well as in the terminal.

As part of this initiative, Western Sydney Airport will be installed with LED lights with recycled content wherever possible and reuse crushed sandstone from tunnelling projects to build the runway, taxiways and roads.

The project scope also includes the creation of more than 40km of roads, as well as the installation of 3,000 aeronautical ground lights.

Additionally, the project scope includes 90km of power and fibre optic cabling to electrify the airport.

The Western Sydney International airfield construction project is expected to create 1,200 direct employment opportunities. It is also anticipated to support indirect jobs through ‘flow-on benefits to suppliers, subcontractors and the local economy’.