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Case Study: Sydney Airport – Freight Master Plan 2039

“A number of solution scenarios were developed and assessed against relevant qualitative and quantitative criteria.”

The Situation:

  • Sydney Airport is the largest and busiest Australian airport
  • Passenger and air cargo rates expected to climb
  • Air cargo space becoming limited due to terminal expansion
The Outcome:

  • Client now has clear direction for future changes needed to accommodate growing traffic
  • Client plans to implement all aspects of Freight Master Plan 2039
  • Sydney Airport will continue to liaise with state government and other stakeholders

The Client:

The Client is Sydney Airport (formerly known as Kingsford Smith Airport), the largest and busiest airport in Australia. For this engagement engineering project, AECOM was the main consultant and XAct Solutions acted as a sub-contractor specifically to develop the Freight Master Plan.

The Situation:

Kingsford Smith Airport has a high rate traffic rate and is integral to both Australian and international transportation. Passenger numbers and air cargo volumes are expected to grow significantly over the next period. Furthermore, the majority of the air cargo volume travels in the belly freight section of passenger airlines. Efficient and timely processing of the air cargo is crucial for the viability of the airport and its customers, however due to terminal expansions, space for air cargo is now becoming restricted.

XAct Solutions were engaged by the client to develop a Freight Master Plan that provides clear direction in regards to location, size and operating model for future air cargo handling facilities, external access for freight movements as well as intra airport freight movements.

The Process:

XAct Solutions used the future volume forecasts by freight type to determine the number of ULDs per terminal location as well as establish peak cargo handling requirements.

Through a series of meetings with airport representatives, a preferred operating model was determined. International benchmark productivity information was used to determine dwell time and space requirements. A number of solution scenarios were developed and assessed against relevant qualitative and quantitative criteria.

Based on the preferred operating model and projected transport capacity, the original freight location was not feasible due to its distance from passenger aircraft terminal bays. XAct Solutions proposed an alternate location which turned out to be preferable, based on productivity modelling, transport capacity modelling, land availability and motorway access.

The Outcome:

The client has a clear long term direction for development of its freight handling capability, enabling it to move forward with the engagement of the state government and other stakeholders, ultimately planning to implement every aspect of its master plan for 2039.