Some of Sydney’s trendiest suburbs are set to become significantly noisier as a result of massive changes to the city’s airspace.
The federal government has released proposed flight routes as part of the draft environmental impact assessment for the new Western Sydney International Airport, due to open in 2026.
Big changes have been proposed for Sydney’s existing airport, where eastbound jet aircraft taking off from the main north-south runway will fly further west immediately after departure before flying over the northern beaches.
Other flight routes will transition from the current dispersal arrangement to a “centerline” strategy, where flight will be directed west before turning north, east and south.
Sydney’s inner west is in the firing line to bear the brunt of changes to flight routes.
When a second airport opens in 2026, more aircraft will fly from Sydney Airport over the western suburbs
Sydney residents are being urged to exert their influence over temporary flight routes that will cause massive disruption to the city’s airspace
It is forecast that homes in Marrickville, Newtown, Camperdown and North Strathfield will see and hear more aircraft flying over homes.
“These changes are minor in nature but include changes to some of the existing departures and arrivals at Sydney Airport,” the assessment said.
Lewisham, Burwood, Homebush West, Canada Bay, Liberty Grove, Oatlands and Baulkham Hills and Belmore are also expected to be affected.
The residents of Lilyfield, Russell Lea and Rhodes will be much better off with fewer planes than there are now.
Sydney Airport has called on the federal government to change regulations and allow the introduction of technology that would reduce aircraft noise in suburbs under flight paths.
“Western Sydney’s flight routes have been designed using technology that delivers better noise and emissions results, while keeping the regulations governing our flight routes up to date,” a spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Residents in Sydney’s west and southwest will also be affected by the changed flight routes for Bankstown and Camden airports and RAAF Base Richmond.
The new Western Sydney International Airport at Badgerys Creek, 45km from the CBD, will be the first in NSW to not have a curfew. Once the facility opens in 2026, flights will take off and land 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Western Sydney International Airport will mean major changes to Sydney Airport’s existing flight routes
The proposed flight routes include changes to some existing departures and arrivals at Sydney Airport
Greendale, Luddenham, Twin Creeks, Penrith, Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Prospect Reservoir, Windsor and Orchard Hills were recently revealed as the suburbs most affected by aircraft noise from the new airport.
“We are the hardest hit community. “220 flights a day, 18 different flight routes, both takeoffs and landings, so we are significantly impacted,” Penrith Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh told Nine News.
Residents of the Blue Mountains are also concerned about the impact on their livelihoods and have branded the temporary flight routes “hell on earth”.
“There is a strong case for minimizing flight paths over the Blue Mountains, both during the day and at night.” “Australia needs to respect that we are different,” local mayor Mark Greenhill said on Tuesday.
“We as a community must come together to raise a strong voice and seek to minimize the impact of flight routes on our unique community and environment.”
Sydneysiders are urged to visit website to display preliminary flight routes and Learn more about their effects.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Catherine King said community feedback will help take the final steps towards opening Australia’s new international gateway in three years.
“We have Kingsford Smith Airport, we have Richmond Air Base, we have Camden and Bankstown, and so the EIS is looking at how and what changes need to be made to flights in and out of Kingsford Smith and out of Richmond, both both within and outside Bankstown and Camden,” she told reporters.
“Safety has to come first, but trying to ensure we mitigate impacts as much as possible, particularly on homes, has been one of the principles under which all airspace design has been carried out.”
The draft EIS will be on public display until the end of January.
Residents in western and southwestern Sydney will also be affected by the planned flight routes for the new airport, which is scheduled to open in 2026