7-Apr-2011 12:44 PM

Sydney Airport at brink of capacity: report

Australia's Sydney Airport is close to capacity with increasingly long delays forecast and a knock-on effect across the country, according to a study released by Booz and Company on 05-Apr-2011 (AFP, 06-Apr-2011). The report, conducted for a government inquiry into possible sites for a second airport, predicted five-hour delays within a decade without another facility. It also highlighted the airport's limited ability to accommodate new services. Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese recently stated: “It's clear Sydney needs a second airport sooner rather than later. Without action the national economy will be constrained with a negative impact on growth and jobs.”