INFRASTRUCTURE and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese last week announced his decision to not approve Bankstown Airport's 2010 draft Master Plan.
Explaining the decision, Mr Albanese said he was not satisfied that the draft plan gave the community sufficient information about the airport's plans to allow for proper consultation.
In its proposed Master Plan, Bankstown Airport sought approval for up to 32 passenger flights a day. Presently, the airport does not have any passenger flights.
Bankstown Airport is now required to develop and submit a new draft master plan.
Mr Albanese said the government is taking a comprehensive approach to Sydney's aviation needs, with a joint taskforce with New South Wales to report on the capacity needs for the Sydney Basin, including sites for a second airport.
Mr Albanese said that while the government supports secondary capital city airports such as Bankstown, Bankstown will not be Sydney's second airport.
Bankstown Airport management said it was disappointed and perplexed by the decision.
Mr Colin Grove, CEO, Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown said the company did not agree with the Minister's view.
"We have set a high benchmark in terms of Airport community consultation since the Airport was privatised," Mr Grove said.
"We continue to propose that Bankstown Airport offers an important role to play in maintaining the commercial viability of general aviation and offers a unique and sustainable approach to niche scheduled passenger services for the growing population of Western Sydney."