WESTERN SYDNEY AIRPORT | Airport freight agreement announced

Ten of Australia's major freight companies have entered into agreements with WesternSydneyAirport.

Airport chief executive GrahamMillett said: "The unrestricted 24/7 operations will be key to unlocking new export opportunities for businesses and producers," he said. "Goods produced in NSW will no longer have to be trucked to Brisbane or Melbourne to reach lucrative Asian markets overnight."

Freight companies signing up are AustraliaPost (including StarTrack), DBSchenker, DHLExpress, DSVAir&Sea, FedEx, MenziesAviation, Swissport, QantasFreight, SkyroadLogistics and Wymap.

The airport's first stage has potential to process 220,000 tonnes of air freight annually. The freight hub will have dedicated road access off The Northern Road, separating heavy vehicles from passenger traffic, which will enter the airport from the M12 on the site's opposite side.

Liverpool Council also welcomes the NSW Government's agreements with global companies to set up in the airport precinct while the NSW Premier was in Britain and Germany on a trade mission. "We're particularly excited about the news that global defence manufacturer BAESystems has signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new space and research facility," mayor WendyWaller said.

"The AustralianSpaceAgency is based in Adelaide but the real work is being done in the South-West. BAE Systems is going to increase its presence in Australia from 4000 jobs to 7500 jobs in the next five to 10 years."