Sydney Airport will be able to cope with rising demand until 2050.

The chief executive of Sydney Airport Kerrie Mather has claimed that it will be able to cope with rising demand for flights until at least 2050.

Australia’s government has repeatedly stated that Sydney is in need of another airport if it is to ensure that the growing numbers of domestic and international travellers are adequately catered for.

However, Sydney Airport is hoping that if it is allowed to merge its domestic and international terminals it will be able to meet its customers’ needs.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Mrs Mather said: “Being able to use the same gates for domestic and international is getting more productivity out of the existing [airport].”

“We have looked out to 2050 as part of a new vision [and] there is plenty of capacity then,” she added.

Transport minister Anthony Albanese, however, disagrees, claiming that Sydney needs a second airport “sooner rather than later”.

Recently the owners of the airport, Sydney Airport Holdings Limited, reported a full-year tax loss.

Written by Erin Marshall

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