Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
Minister for Finance
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for South Australia


The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts



17 September 2021

Major contract award paves the way for Western Sydney Airport 

The contract for major airside pavement works, including the runway and taxiways, at Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport has been awarded to the CPB Contractors and ACCIONA joint venture.


Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the contract award was an important step in the development of Sydney’s new airport.


“Today’s announcement is yet another major milestone in the delivery of one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Australia,” Minister Fletcher said.


“The Morrison Government is getting on with delivering this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project which, together with the surrounding Aerotropolis, will be a driver of jobs and economic growth and reflect the pride and aspirations of the people of Western Sydney.


“We’ve spent several years preparing the airport site, including moving 18 million cubic metres of earth to date, and the awarding of this contract means that from next year construction on the new airport runway and taxiways can begin.”


Minister for Finance Simon Birmingham said the awarding of this major contract meant activity on the site would further ramp-up the delivery of Western Sydney International Airport, which was now becoming a reality.


“With the contract for these major pavement works now locked in, billions in economic activity can continue to progress and many more of the thousands of direct and indirect jobs set to be created from the project can flow at a time when stimulus in Western Sydney is more critical than ever,” Minister Birmingham said.


“We are also on track to begin construction of the integrated passenger terminal at the end of this year, which will have the capacity to handle up to 10 million passengers a year when the airport opens in 2026.


“This project is a vote of confidence in Australia’s future, providing a reminder that we will return to a world of air travel for both business and pleasure.”


Construction of the 3.7-kilometre runway and rapid-exit taxiways will commence in 2022 and is expected to support more than 1,200 direct jobs.


The Morrison Government has committed $5.3 billion to the delivery of Western Sydney International Airport and $9 billion for the vital rail and road links that will transform the region. This includes the $3.5 billion for new major road infrastructure and upgrades under the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan and $5.25 billion towards the first stage of the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport rail link.