Three-letter code puts Western Sydney International on global radar

The assignment of the three-letter airport code ‘WSI’ for Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird-Walton) Airport places the project on the world stage well ahead of schedule.

The early allocation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is another step towards the airport’s commencement of operations in late 2026.

The project has reached 40 per cent completion, with the bulk earthworks finished, and the airside, landside and terminal construction expected to reach its peak later this year.

WSI is a transformational infrastructure project that will generate economic activity, provide employment opportunities closer to home for people in the Western Sydney region, and meet Sydney’s growing aviation needs.

The airport will be capable of catering for up to 10 million passengers a year when it opens in 2026. Its features will include a 3.7-kilometre-long runway capable of receiving the world’s largest passenger aircraft, an integrated domestic and international terminal, and a dedicated cargo precinct.

Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“The awarding of the IATA three-letter code is an exciting step forward in the development of WSI.

“The Australian Government is committed to delivering this game-changing infrastructure project for the people of Western Sydney and beyond, enhancing livability and boosting the economy.

“It will unlock endless opportunities across the region, including greater freight capacity, a boost for tourism operators and a shorter commute for locals wanting to travel on a domestic or international flight.

“Alongside the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport Line, which we are jointly funding with the NSW Government, WSI is proving once again to be the catalyst for the socioeconomic transformation of this entire region.”

Quotes attributable to Finance Minister Katy Gallagher:

“The Australian Government is proud to be delivering a project that is already generating significant levels of investment from both public and private sectors.

“Three years out from completion, the Western Sydney Airport Project has already created over 3,800 direct jobs.

“With more than $400 million flowing through to contracted small and medium enterprises, as well as family and First National businesses, it’s clear this project is a real boon for the Western Sydney economy.”