Airport to lead global ‘jet zero’ effort
BANKSTOWN Airport is set to be transformed into NSW’s leading aviation, logistics and sustainability hub, and its “potential to double the number of jobs and investment in our City is not a ‘pie in the sky’ vision – it’s a reality”, says Mayor Bilal El-Hayek. He joined Aeria Management Group CEO Daniel Jarosch to host CBCity’s third annual business event – CBEvolve, and helped unveil how airport operator Aeria Management Group plans to transform the precinct.
Aeria manages and operates the airport on behalf of owner Aware Super, and Mr Jarosch said he was proud to unveil the multi-million dollar investment in two new major developments.
“Our planned $50 million central aviation precinct at Bankstown Airport, including up to nine new hangars, with priority VIP aircraft access, will meet the needs of aviators today and the blue sky thinkers of tomorrow, including electric and hydrogen-powered aircraft and next-generation drones,” he said.
“These facilities will support Bankstown Airport’s role as the launching pad for advanced air mobility technology and the global transition to decarbonisation.
“Aeria and Canterbury-Bankstown are firmly in the cockpit on the national flight path towards ‘jet zero’.”
It also announced its plan to develop a major new mixed-use retail and industrial precinct, with the $80 million development to include new retail facilities and a childcare centre.
CBEvolve also featured keynote speaker, Kate Munari – Australia’s only female Navy helicopter pilot to fly combat missions in Afghanistan – an in-depth look at the aircraft based at Bankstown Airport, including Australia’s first flying car which will be powered by electricity and hydrogen, emergency services helicopters and multimillion-dollar jets, as well as an exclusive look at the people and businesses driving growth at the hi-tech aviation, technology and retail precinct.