Dnata, Toll to develop freight at Western Sydney International Airport
GROUND handler dnata and logistics company Toll Group are collaborating with Western Sydney Airport (SWZ) to help optimise freight operations there
GROUND handler dnata and logistics company Toll Group are collaborating with Western Sydney Airport (SWZ) to help optimise freight operations there.
Australian airports currently transport one million tonnes of air cargo annually, and this number is anticipated to grow considerably over the next decade, according to a press release from SWZ, reports New York's Air Cargo World.
Upon the completion of its first stage of development and opening in 2026, Western Sydney International Airport will have the capacity to handle 220,000 tonnes a year through its freight facility that will include multiple dedicated cargo aircraft stands.
This freight precinct is planned to scale up with demand, and could see 1.8 million tonnes of air cargo pass through its gates per annum in future.
Western Sydney International Airport's 'freight precinct has the potential to become Sydney's most important freight hub, generating thousands of jobs,' said Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett.
As part of the new airport's freight precinct, dnata will contribute ground handling and airline support services for passenger and cargo flights, while Toll Group is expected to contribute its operational experience to develop the new freight hub.
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, SWZ officials said.
'For producers across the [Asia Pacific] region and beyond into regional New South Wales, many of which are small to medium and family owned, Western Sydney International's 24/7 operations will be the key to growing their businesses by unlocking lucrative Asian fresh-produce markets,' Mr Millett stressed.
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.