Western Sydney International Airport (WSI) is offering an opportunity for an airline catering partner to establish a facility at the heart of Sydney’s fastest-growing region.
WSI’s halfway-to-completion milestone was passed on May 20. The new curfew-free, 24-hour-a-day airport is scheduled to open in 2026 and is approximately 48 kilometres (30 miles) from Sydney Central Station. It is located in a steadily growing region which is already home to around three million people.
On opening, Western Sydney International Airport will be able to serve 10 million domestic and international passengers a year. It will also be a base for cargo operations.
“It will grow to become Australia’s greatest gateway, with a blueprint to grow to service 82 million passengers a year by the 2060s. In the future, Sydney’s new airport will be bigger than today’s Dubai, Hong Kong, and New York’s JFK,” says Kylie Morris, General Manager of Customer Experience at Western Sydney International Airport, of the vision for its future.
“The airport experience is being designed with airlines and customers at its heart. Through our customer panel and polls, thousands of customers are helping shape the customer experience at WSI,” adds Morris.
Australia’s largest infrastructure project
More than AUS$15 billion (US$10bn) has been invested by governments in infrastructure around the airport. WSI’s strategic transport connections will include the M12, a new toll-free motorway, whose completion is scheduled ahead of the first flights in 2026.
“The site is connected closely to motorways with direct airside access, and it is available to lease and develop into an airline catering unit to service domestic and international airlines,” says Simon Hickey, the Chief Executive Officer of WSI, of the greenfield site.
“This is a once-in-a-generation chance to establish a catering unit that will provide for flights from the day the airport opens and through its growth as it eventually becomes one of Australia’s busiest gateways,” he adds.
On track to open in 2026
“The opportunity isn’t limited to inflight meals, there is also a need to service airline lounges, cafés and local events. There is a huge first-mover advantage for an exceptional business with big ambitions and growth potential,” comments the CEO.
“With a proud multicultural population and access to produce of the highest quality, Western Sydney has some of the best food you’ll find in the world, and we can’t wait to share it with our customers,” adds Hickey.
Catering unit site
The site available comprises 6,600 square metres (more than 71,000 square feet) of land ready for development at the airport site, which includes business and cargo precincts.
In a global first, Sydney’s new airport has provisionally secured its three-letter International Air Transport Association (IATA) code more than three years ahead of opening.
The first domestic airline arrangements have already been announced, with Qantas and Jetstar Airways set to deliver 25,000 flights a year from WSI.