Badgerys Creek Airport. What would a second airport really do for Sydney? CAPA Airport Summit 2015


The Sydney second airport will be one of the biggest and most important pieces of infrastructure to be added to the Australian transportation network this century. But where does the project stand, and what will be its impact on the existing Sydney Airport and the wider national aviation system?

A comprehensive update on the status of the Sydney Second Airport, the planned facilities (aviation and ground transportation) and market prospects will be provided by the Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Andrew Wilson, at the CAPA Airport Innovation Summit in Sydney on 03-Aug-2016.

This full day of key airport issues and top level speakers forms part of CAPA's Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2015, from 3-5 August.

  • The Sydney Second Airport is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Australia this century.
  • The Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will provide an update on the project at the CAPA Airport Innovation Summit.
  • The summit will feature top-level speakers from various airports, airlines, and aviation organizations.
  • Topics to be discussed include the growth of Asian outbound travel, airline strategies, emerging markets, and the smart airport.
  • The keynote address will focus on the status of the Sydney Second Airport, its planned facilities, and market prospects.
  • The summit will also include discussions on investment outlook and which airports are expected to outperform others.

Mr Wilson's Keynote Address is part of a blockbuster one-day event featuring the leaders of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Changi Airport Group, Cobham Aviation Services, DFW International Airport, JETGO Australia, Newcastle Airport, Northern Territory Airports, Qantas, Queensland Airports Limited, SNP Security, Sunshine Coast Airport, Sydney Airport, Tigerair Australia, Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF), Virgin Australia, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and Virgin Australia Cargo, Wellcamp Airport and more.

One-day tickets to the Airport Innovation Summit, at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, are available for AUD1,195 - but only until 30 June, when prices rise. Tickets may be purchased at by clicking here.

Airport Innovation Summit: 3 August, Sheraton on the Park, Sydney - AGENDA

09.00: Welcome by Conference Chairman

  • HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Partner, Richard Davis

09.10: Keynote Address: 'The DFW Difference' - delivering a world leading passenger experience, while meeting the needs of vastly differing airline business models

  • DFW International Airport, CEO, Sean Donohue

09.40: The explosion of Asian outbound travel: What are airports doing to achieve their fair share of the growth

  • Airports, tourism bodies and other agencies need to work together in areas of visitor facilitation, destination marketing and readiness for the burgeoning inbound arrivals markets of Asia. Is this occurring and can efforts be enhanced?
  • China's primary and secondary markets: how big will they get, and how to best equip for this growth?

Moderator: Tourism Futures International, Managing Director, Bob Cain


10.30: Coffee Break

11.00: Markets Update: How is airline strategy shifting the outlook for Australia's airports

Panellists will review the international, domestic and regional market outlook for the airports sector, in light of the evolving economic outlook, aircraft technologies, alliances and airline business models.

  • How long will Western Australian aviation activity (FIFO/Charter) be dampened and are Queensland and the Northern Territory poised for more growth?
  • How much will the SYD-MEL-BNE triangle grow in the next 18 months?
  • How are East Coast regional markets performing?
  • Which international markets hold the greatest promise, and which ones will stagnate?
  • How will the market profile change?

Moderator: HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Partner, Richard Davis

12.15: Keynote Address: Emerging and "Emerged" Markets: Australia's aviation policy approach to the fast-growing and established markets

Is Australia's approach to air services liberalisation changing in light of the emergence of new airline business models and question marks around 'open skies'?

  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, General Manager, Aviation Industry Policy, Stephen Borthwick

12.45: Lunch

14.00: The opportunities for Australia's alternative international gateways

Australia's emerging gateways are looking at new international inbound/outbound opportunities.

  • What are the opportunities and constraints? How to grasp them?


14.45: The Smart Airport: Technology and Services that are driving better passenger outcomes

We invite key stakeholders in the airport passenger experience to share their views on where airports are excelling - and where they're not - at creating a seamless passenger experience.

  • Who is at the cutting edge and who is behind the 8-ball?
  • Where does it make a difference?

Moderator: Airbiz, Managing Director, Greg Fordham

15.30: Coffee Break

16.00: Keynote Address: Badgerys of the Overflow? What a second airport really means for Sydney

A comprehensive update on the status of the Sydney Second Airport, the planned facilities (aviation and ground transportation) and market prospects.

  • What will be the target (airline and passenger/freight) market?
  • How important is it to avoid a curfew?
  • How will the overall transport needs be met?
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Deputy Secretary, Andrew Wilson

16.30: The investment outlook: Which Aussie/NZ airports will outperform the pack

Finally, we turn to the analysts and investors, to deliver their verdict on which airports (listed or not) are poised to outperform the rest, and why…

Moderator: L.E.K. Consulting, Partner, George Woods

  • Deutsche Bank, Head of Transport & Infrastructure Research, Cameron McDonald
  • Ironstone Capital (invited)
  • AMP Capital, Investment Director, Mar Beltran
  • QIC (invited)

17.30: Prize Draw & Networking Reception, hosted by HWL Ebsworth

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One-day tickets to the Airport Innovation Summit are available for AUD1,195 until 30 June when prices rise. Tickets may be purchased at by clicking here.

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