Sydney’s rapidly developing second airport in the city’s west has provisionally received ‘WSI’ as its three-letter IATA code that will appear on bookings, apps and bag tags from the moment the first flights go on sale.
Backed by fierce endorsement from both Qantas and Virgin Australia that the code be secured early, the WSI – short for Western Sydney International – the burgeoning new airport says it has seen “enormous interest” from airlines around the world eager to launch services into the Badgery’s Creek hub.
“In securing WSI, our new airport has joined the ranks of other airports with iconic codes such as LAX, JFK, LHR and HKG,” said Western Sydney International Airport Chairman, Paul O’Sullivan.
“Over the next couple of years, we’ll be excited to let our future passengers across Sydney know which airlines will take them to which destinations from WSI.
“Western Sydney is truly Sydney’s cultural heartland and with WSI now confirmed as one of our most important global identifiers, our role connecting the world to Sydney via this exciting and diverse region is clear,” O’Sullivan said.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) normally assigns a three-letter code to airports only 12 months out from opening, just before services go on sale.
Progress continues apace at the facility, named after pioneering aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton, with expressions of interest opening recently for retailers keen on setting up shop inside the new terminals once it opens in late 2026.
Interest has been received from Australian souvenir outlets, duty-free brands, foreign exchange operators, pharmacy, travel essentials, food, beverage and vending, all eager to be part once the final layout is confirmed.
“This is an airport that communities across Western Sydney will be proud of, driving record investment in transport, job training and social infrastructure across the region, meaning that communities have access to the best,” O’Sullivan added.
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