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Australia set to green light second Sydney airport: Reports

Published on Apr 15, 2014 10:27 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - The Australian government was on Tuesday expected to give the go-ahead to build a second international airport for Sydney, reports said, ending decades of indecision in a bid to boost the economy.

Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport is the main gateway into Australia but suffers from capacity limits, with a former transport minister describing it as "built in an age when planes were small and few".

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's cabinet would name Badgerys Creek, in western Sydney, as the site for the city's second airport later Tuesday, the reports said.

"The senior ministers who matter have come to a decision on the site, making cabinet's tick-off all but a foregone conclusion," The Sydney Morning Herald said in a front-page story.

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