Second Sydney airport cleared for take off

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives at a press briefing in Sydney to announce plans for the city's second international airport, on December 12, 2016Sydney is to get its second international airport after the Australian government approved plans on Monday, ending decades of indecision over a facility that will initially handle 10 million passengers a year. Badgerys Creek in the city’s western suburbs had already been selected as the site, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signing off on its long-awaited construction. It is scheduled to open in the mid-2020s, easing pressure on Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, the main gateway into Australia which is reaching capacity.

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