Qantas and Jetstar first to fly from Western Sydney Airport

Qantas and Jetstar have signed up as the first carriers to fly domestically from the new Western Sydney Airport when it opens in 2026.

The new $5.3 billion airport development will see five Qantas and 10 Jetstar aircraft based there within its first year of operation, marking the city’s first airport to operate 24 hours a day.

The airlines will fly to destinations including Melbourne, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast.

“I have absolutely no doubt it will be the biggest airport on the Qantas network one day,” said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce

“It’ll have shorter block times, shorter taxi times, [and] allows us to turn around aircraft faster.”

Western Airport chief executive Simon Hickey said he expects it become the same size and scale of JFK and Dubai over the next few decades.