• Western Sydney International will open in late 2026 catering for up to 10 million domestic and international passengers annually and eventually becoming one of the biggest gateways to Australia.

ACCIONA has started construction work on the runway of the new Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport in Australia in a joint venture with the local group CPB Contractors (a member of CIMIC Group).

A ceremony was held to celebrate the start of the construction work, attended by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh and the CEO of Western Sydney Airport Simon Hickey, together with senior managers from ACCIONA and the other companies in the joint venture.

The project involves the design and construction of a 3,700-metre-long runway. Along with the runway and taxiways, airfield construction will include more than 40 kilometres of roads and the installation of 3,000 aeronautical ground lights. The efficient design of the 3.7 km runway and rapid-exit taxiways, enabled by the latest technology, will reduce taxi and holding times, preventing delays on the tarmac that can be frustrating for passengers and costly for airlines.

WSI’s runway will handle the full range of commercial aircraft, including the new generation of ultra-long-haul airliners like the A350-1000 and Boeing 777X. The airport will be the only one in Sydney equipped with a modern CAT III-B instrument landing system.

Airfield construction is expected to create around 1,200 direct jobs and support many more indirect jobs through flow-on benefits to suppliers, subcontractors, and the local economy.