A new airport 60 miles from Sydney could soon become the destination for much of the freight bound for Sydney, according to critics of the new airport at Badgers Creek.
Local residents hope that it will allow them to catch international flights from close to home, but critics say it will be a 24 hour freight airport and probably just domestic, and that it will be an industrial airport, to connect with the intermodal freight terminal network planned for western Sydney.
Fowler MP Chris Hayes said it was clear that to be profitable the airport would have to take the overflow from Sydney airport between the hours of 11pm and 6am. “It will inherit the freight movements that come in to Mascot during the curfew period,” Mr Hayes said.
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce president Harry Hunt, on the other hand, said he did not believe that the airport would be used primarily to transport freight.
“To be viable it has to be a 24-hour international airport,” Mr Hunt said.