They join 10 other freight industry stakeholders already involved in the project. While Australian airports currently transport more than 1 million t of air cargo annually, this number is forecasted to grow considerably over the next decade, according to a press release from SWZ. Upon the completion of its first stage of development and opening in 2026, Western Sydney International Airport will have the capacity to process approximately 220,000 t of air cargo each year through its proposed fit-for-purpose, on-airport cargo facility that will include multiple dedicated cargo aircraft stands. This freight precinct is then planned to scale up with demand and could see 1.8 million t of air cargo in throughput per annum in the future. Having Dnata and Toll Group on board will help the airport to optimise the functionality and design of the freight precinct at the new airport.
Ultimately, the new airport will aim to capitalise on the growing demand for Australia’s fresh produce abroad and create opportunities for local and regional companies to export temperature-sensitive and perishable products, the SWZ press release said. Western Sydney Airport has also signed memoranda of understanding for operations at the international freight precinct with 10 major freight companies, including: Australia Post, DB Schenker, DHL Express, DSV Air and Sea, FedEx, Menzies Aviation, Swissport, Qantas Freight, Skyroad Logistics and Wymap.