About Sydney Metro Airports

About Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown

Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown is located in the centre of metropolitan Sydney, in close proximity to the Sydney Central Business District and Western Sydney business hubs.

Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown has three sealed runways. The Airport is operational 24 hours a day, with limitations placed on circuit training.

Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown is an exceptional business location with a thriving business park with over 160 tenants on site.

Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown is a major centre of economic activity generating employment for 3,000 people and makes a significant contribution to the local economy.

About Sydney Metro Airport Camden

Sydney Metro Airport Camden is Australia’s premier sport and recreation aviation airport, located in an attractive rural environment 31km south-west of Bankstown Airport.

Sydney Metro Airport Camden has one sealed and one grass runway and the Airport also has two glider strips. The Airport is operational 24 hours a day, with limitations placed on circuit training.

Sydney Metro Airport Camden makes a significant contribution to the local economy.

Sydney Metro Airports Bankstown and Camden are the leading General Aviation and Recreation Airports in New South Wales. The Airports operate through the trading entities of Bankstown Airport Limited and Camden Airport Limited. Both Airports are wholly owned subsidiaries of BAC Airports Pty Limited. BAC Airports is a privately held company.

The mission of Sydney Metro Airports Bankstown and Camden is “to meet the current general aviation, parcel freight and niche passenger aviation needs of Sydney and develop the aviation and property assets to maintain maximum sustainable value.”

Bankstown Airport Limited and Camden Airport Limited are commercial businesses with the aim of maximising shareholder return on their investment in the Airport’s significant infrastructure assets, while operating the Airport safely and efficiently.

The management team of Bankstown and Camden Airports are committed to:

  • Develop a corporate profile to support the Airport community, commercial and operational interests.
  • Develop the excess capacity at Bankstown Airport in the areas of freight and niche Scheduled Passenger Transport (SPT), within the policy and regulatory framework.
  • Actively expand the property portfolio.

Sydney Metro Airports Bankstown and Camden are members of the Tourism & Transport Forum and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

Facts at a glance

Bankstown Airport

Bankstown Airport Ltd (BAL) is the Airport Lessee Company and consistent with its obligations under the Airports Act 1996, has a Master Plan (2014 MP) to set out its vision and objectives for the planning and development of a multi-use airport.

The Master Plan (2019 MP) is currently being drafted to include the new growth mandate. This has an intended approval of January 2019.

BAL is a subsidiary of BAC Airports Pty Limited, and with its sister airport Camden Airport Limited, are collectively known as Sydney Metro Airports and are wholly owned by First State Super. Altis Property Partners are the appointed investment managers with a focus on the future property development of the airport.

Bankstown Airport was established as Sydney’s second aerodrome as an Airbase in 1939 with the commencement of WWII. The airport was commonly known as ‘Yankstown’ due to the presence at the airfield of several squadrons belonging to the US Army Air Force. During WWII, Bankstown was also home to Royal Naval Air Arm aircraft (HMS Nabberly) and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Following WWII, Bankstown Airport was used by the Department of Immigration to accommodate European migrants until the mid-1950. By 1970 Bankstown emerged as the largest general aviation airport in the southern hemisphere with more than 330,000 aircraft movements annually. Today the airport enjoys approximately 250,000 movements.


The airport accommodates an average of 700 aircraft movements per day. The majority of aircraft operating at the airport are single-engine piston aircraft, typically engaged in flight training, private flying and related activities. Twin-engine piston aircraft are the second largest category.

Rotary aircraft (helicopters) are typically involved in emergency services and government agency operations, flight training, charter or freight activity. A small percent of aircraft are turbo-prop aircraft, which are typically involved in charter, business or corporate and other aerial work activities.

Bankstown Airport also serves as a flying base for the majority of the Sydney Air Emergency Services. It is home to NSW Police Air Wing, the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Forestry Corporation of NSW, NETS (Newborn Emergency Transport Service), Careflight, Toll/NSW Ambulance Service and the Aviation Studies program of the University of NSW and TAFE NSW.

From an economic perspective the airport is home to 160 businesses, employs over 4,500 people with a contribution of nearly $1 billion to the region.

Camden Airport

The aerodrome located 2 kilometres north of the Camden village and is 196 hectares in size. The largest zones are allocated to Aviation (100ha) and Environmental Significant (54ha).

The airport consists of a main sealed runway, a cross grassed runway a helipad and two glider strips and is limited to facilitating aircraft below 5,700 kilos.

There are 10 CAL owned buildings on site and a further 37 which belong to tenants (who rent the underlying site). There has been no significant building development at Camden for the past 10 years.

Camden Airport is historically linked to the Macarthur – Onslow family who owned the site until WWII. Some Macarthur – Onslow descendants still live on the site.


Flight activity consists mainly of flight training, commercial (joy/adventure) flights, gliding and private flights. During the summer months, higher levels firefighting aircraft (mostly helicopters) are based on the airport.

The airport currently services approximately 100,000 movement’s p.a. of which 7,000 are helicopters. The main runway has lights which can be activated by pilots on approach to the airport however it is used infrequently as less than 2% of activity occurs in hours of darkness.

Camden Airport is classified as Registered Aerodrome by CASA and has lower compliance requirements compared to Bankstown which is classified as a Certified Aerodrome.
Due to the nature of operations and location the airport, the Federal Government has not classified Camden Airport as a Security Controlled Airport and as such does not have specific security requirements.

CAL workforce presence consists of 1.2 FTE with one operative on duty every day commencing at 0700. The position carries out both the Airport Reporting Officer and Ground-staff duties.

The air traffic control tower operates daily between 0800 – 1800. All administration for Camden is carried out from Bankstown.