WSI for Western Sydney Airport

Well I cannot believe that it is that close to opening. I thought it would take another 6 years!

So I checked out the website, and the layout looks interesting. The terminal looks small on paper, but then I looked at the 82MAP version and I just realised how big WSI will be!


Current version (10MAP)

Future version (82MAP):
 
Well I cannot believe that it is that close to opening. I thought it would take another 6 years!
There‘s still time. But hopefully it sticks to schedule.
So I checked out the website, and the layout looks interesting. The terminal looks small on paper, but then I looked at the 82MAP version and I just realised how big WSI will be!
The “will be” depends on how successful the first phase is. The current future airport model isn’t “build it and they will come” but “if they come, we’ll build it”.
 
MSI (New Orleans)
New Orleans is MSY - Moisant Stock Yards, the original land use of the airport site. MSI is Masalembo in Indonesia, which appears to be a very small place so I don't think too much chance of confusion.
 
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Well i think its good they call it Western Sydney, rather than starting with Sydney so that people dont get confused and think it is convenient to the city of Sydney which it isnt.

Well it would probably still cheaper to catch the train to city from WSI compare to SYD.
 
The question is will entering SYD into a search include SYD+WSI, like say it does when putting SYD-MEL into ExpertFlyer where it brings up MEL+AVV? I assume it will.
 
anyone else excited with the release of the IATA 3 letter code or is it just me.
I'm in the travel industry so bit of a 3 letter code geek :D
 
The question is will entering SYD into a search include SYD+WSI, like say it does when putting SYD-MEL into ExpertFlyer where it brings up MEL+AVV? I assume it will.
This happens because the search recognises IATA city codes, which typically refer to multiple location (airport) codes in the same city. The IATA city codes can be distinct from airports (LON, NYC, TYO, etc.) or like the case you describe, can be the same as the major airport in that city. MEL as a city code includes the airport codes MEL, MEB (Essendon), and AVV - since MEB does have some airline services* I'd expect it should show up too, but it's possible those aren't published in the GDS's and thus not relevant to ExpertFlyer? SYD is also I believe an existing city code with SYD and BWU (Bankstown), but as there are no airline services currently at Bankstown, it won't have any effect in search engines.

In this case, I'd expect WSI to be added to the SYD city code. What the threshold is for establishing a distinct city code that isn't the same as the largest airport, I'm not sure. In some cases like TYO, it is the code that originally referred to the older original airport (now using HND) and was established when they built a second airport (NRT) and they didn't want to give one precedence over the other. With JKT for Jakarta, the original JKT airport closed down after CGK was built, and JKT was retired as a location code but there is also HLP airport, so the city code remains in order to refer to both CGK and HLP. Some city codes like NYC and CHI appear to go back to the very early days of the IATA codes, since these cities already had multiple major airports when the system was introduced. I believe BJS for Beijing is a newer city code (with no airport called BJS) but I don't know its history, as I'm pretty sure it existed before PKX opened.

* Link Airlines flies from MEB to DBO, OAG, and WOL, while Sharp Airlines flies MEB to GFF, KNS, and FLS. Maybe try a search MEL-DBO to see what happens?
** Full list of currently useable city codes here: IATA airport code - Wikipedia (as I said, I think SYD is technically one as well, but not listed here since it has no effect with BWU not having any airline services any more).
 
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Maybe they know which airlines have already signed up to go to WSI but won't reveal it yet. LCCs as a start, would be pleasantly surprised if the big airlines have expressed their interest by now.
 
without a curfew, I would expect quite a number of international airlines will take this opportunity to fly those midnight departure flights to Asia and NZ, arriving to destination at early morning say 5-6am, allowing connecting to the rest of their network of flights.

It would also help if WSI is marked as a “regional airport” so is not restricted by flight quotas. Not sure if this is possible.
 
Well i think its good they call it Western Sydney, rather than starting with Sydney so that people dont get confused and think it is convenient to the city of Sydney which it isnt.

But the "Sydney" in "Sydney Airport" is referring to the metropolitan area of SYD, not the CoSYD, especially since the airport is not within the CoSYD.

Plenty of major cities around the world have multiple airports and they are almost all named city - descriptor. And London Stansted is almost the exact same distance from Westminster that WSI is from the Sydney CBD.

At least it's not as bad as WTB that tried to call itself Brisbane West.
 

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