Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport has provisionally secured its three-letter code – WSI – more than three years ahead of opening.

The code, which is usually provided to airports within 12 months of the start of operations, was designated early by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). According to the airport operator, this reflects the confidence IATA has in WSI’s progress and its importance to Australia’s aviation landscape. 

“Bag tags, booking websites and airline apps around the world will now feature WSI, as the airport continues to act as a driving force in the region’s renaissance, now with a code that puts Western Sydney on the global stage,”  said Western Sydney International Airport chair Paul O’Sullivan.

Qantas Group and Virgin Australia were among the advocates that wrote to IATA requesting early designation of the WSI code for Western Sydney International Airport. 

"We’ve had enormous levels of interest from airlines, not only from our Australian MOU airline partners, but from airlines around the world that are excited for what new aviation capacity, 24/7 operations and a modern, digitally enabled airport means, including for Sydney’s brand as Australia’s global city,” O’Sullivan said.

“Over the next couple of years, we’ll be excited to let our future passengers across Sydney know which airlines will take them to which destinations from WSI.”

Image: Western Sydney International Airport