THE vice-chancellor of the University of Western Sydney has expressed his support for an airport at Badgerys Creek because it would unlock the region's vast economic, employment and intellectual capacity.
Professor Barney Glover said the figures provided in a Deloitte report, released in December 2013, make for a compelling case, projecting that a new airport in western Sydney would generate close to 30,000 new jobs and $9 billion in economic output for the region by 2050.
He said it was also the nature of these employment and economic opportunities that was most appealing.
"The airport will be a catalyst in the region's shift from manufacturing to innovation-based industries," he said.
"As western Sydney's leading research and teaching institution, the university will be pivotal in providing the career-ready graduates and the world-class research expertise to deliver this.
"Building an airport at Badgerys Creek is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to truly realise western Sydney's socio-economic potential.
"It's also about enabling this region to play a leading part in the broader development of Sydney as a whole into a truly globally integrated city.
"As the university for the region we're well positioned to bring our existing expertise to the design, construction and management of the airport's start-up phases."
He said an airport should cater for both passenger and freight travel and integrate services and airport infrastructure, such as business and innovation parks, recreation, retail and conferencing facilities.