Toll and dnata sign up for Western Sydney Airport facility

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Newest backers join 10 other freight precinct industry partners

From left: Yong, Millett and Prosser

Logistics giant Toll Group and airport services provider dnata are the latest proponents of the Western Sydney Airport freight precinct, signing memoranda of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on its design and functionality.

The duo follows the lead of Australia Post (including StarTrack), DB Schenker, DHL Express, DSV Air and Sea, FedEx, Menzies Aviation, Swissport, Qantas Freight, Skyroad Logistics and Wymap.

Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport CEO Graham Millett highlights the importance of developing a ‘fit-for-purpose’ precinct for its industry partners.

"Western Sydney International has the capacity to become one of Australia’s largest airports in years to come, so engaging with our customers is critical," he says.

"This freight precinct has the potential to become Sydney’s most important freight hub, generating thousands of jobs, and we’re thrilled to have two of the industry’s leaders, dnata and Toll Group, on board enabling us to optimise the functionality and design for our freight customers at Sydney’s new Airport."

Toll Group general manager aviation Noel Prosser says Toll recognises the significant opportunity the new airport creates for its own freight operations and meeting customer demands.

"As one of the leading operators of domestic air freight in Australia, Toll is delighted to be sharing its expertise with Western Sydney Airport," Prosser says.

"For freight companies, it’s an enticing proposition – we can offer landside and airside freight access on a greenfield site with 24/7 operations.

"Our MOU partners can share with us what size facility they need, what technology they want and how they want it designed to optimise productivity."

Terence Yong, dnata head of cargo, says with expertise in ground-handling and other airline support services, dnata will provide a unique insight into the operations required to support both passenger and cargo services.

"This partnership enables dnata to fulfil our strategy of providing the highest level of customer service, as well as offering the most innovative solutions to the market," Yong says.

Mooted to open in 2026, the first stage of the airport cargo facility has the potential to process around 220,000 tonnes of air cargo per year, with the potential to scale up with demand to 1.8 million tonnes per year by 2060.

Accompanying the latest MOU is a joint ministerial statement spruiking a $5.3 billion federal investment, comprising federal population, cities and urban infrastructure minister Alan Tudge, finance minister Mathias Cormann, Western Sydney senator Marise Payne, federal member for Hume Angus Taylor, and federal member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh.

"Western Sydney International will provide an important freight hub in Sydney, with the advantage of 24‑hour air operations meaning that perishable or time-sensitive Australian products could leave Sydney at night and arrive in Asian markets in time for sale the following morning," Tudge says.

Cormann adds: "These partnerships help pave the way towards a genuinely world-class facility.

"Ongoing discussions with freight companies about potential operations will be focused on maximising efficiencies delivered by the new airport."


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