German logistics giant DB Schenker has become a foundation partner of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis – a commercial, logistics and education hub being developed in the vicinity of the new Western Sydney Airport.
As part of the agreement, DB Schenker has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the New South Wales government, to provide logistical support for the development.
Western Sydney Airport is a new state-of-the-art gateway being built to replace the capacity-stretched Sydney Airport. It is located 44 kilometres outside Sydney and set to open in 2026.
The airport will see around 63,000 air traffic movements per year, 11 per cent of which will be freight aircraft. Western Sydney Airport will include a secure freight precinct.
DB Schenker chairman of the supervisory board and member of the board of management for finance, freight transport and logistics, Alexander Doll (pictured above right) said: “The Aerotropolis is set to become a pioneering project on our path to building smart cities with integrated transportation concepts and sustainable logistics solutions.
“It is our pleasure to support the development, which will further strengthen DB Schenker’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, that has been so successful over the past decades.”
DB Schenker’s subsidiary in Australia was established in 1962 and provides a complete range of international air and sea freight forwarding services, together with integrated logistics solutions.
In signing the MoU, DB Schenker said it intends to work cooperatively together with the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA) to promote the development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, a 11,000-hectare area around the new airport.
The WCAA was jointly established by the New South Wales and Australian Governments to facilitate the design and delivery of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and support the growth of the Western Parkland City. DB Schenker is the only forwarder to sign an MoU with the WCAA.