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Western Sydney Airport officially named

Title honours Aussie female flying legend

Sydney’s second international airport will officially be called Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, recognising one of Australia’s most important aviation figures. 


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Nancy-Bird Walton was the first female pilot in Australia and the Commonwealth to legally carry passengers, beginning her career flying nurses to remote parts of the country. She also founded the Australian Women's Pilots' Association. 


In a statement announcing the decision, Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the aviator “an inspiring and natural choice”. 


“It is fitting that having recognised Charles Kingsford Smith at Sydney Airport that we now recognise Australia’s greatest female aviation pioneer, Nancy-Bird Walton in the naming of Western Sydney Airport,” he remarked.


“Nancy-Bird Walton is an Australian legend, a pioneer whose determination to take to the sky is an inspiration for generations who have followed. 


Due to open in 2026, Mr Morrison said the $5.3 billion Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport would transform the city. 


“Western Sydney airport is a truly visionary project that will transform our city, recognising the economic powerhouse that is Western Sydney, creating 28,000 jobs within five years of opening, while delivering new tourism and trade opportunities in Sydney and Australia,” the PM said.


“This is an airport for the people of Western Sydney that will enable them to continue to secure their economic future.”


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 4 March 2019

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