Australian government to build second Sydney airport

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Australian government to build second Sydney airport


The Australian government has announced it will build a second international airport in Sydney.
The A$5bn (£2.9bn, $3.8bn) airport will be located at Badgerys Creek, 50km (31 miles) west of the city's centre, said BBC.

PM Malcolm Turnbull said the government would take on the project after the operator of Sydney's existing airport turned it down, citing financial risks.
It comes more than 70 years after the idea was first conceived, and follows promises from successive governments.

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The current Sydney Airport, 8km south of the city, has become increasingly stretched amid increased demand in recent years.
The Sydney Airport Group declined its first option to build the airport, citing "risks" to investors including demand and growth potential and construction costs.
The debate on the need for a second airport in Australia's largest city dates back to 1946.



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