Jerry Schwartz, a major private hotel investor, has launched a proposal to build a helipad on the roof of his Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel.
The prosed helipad will, according to Schwartz, give high-profile guests and corporate event delegates direct and safe access to the hotel and the surrounding event district.
“We would envisage that world leaders could arrive at Sydney Airport and be flown direct to the Darling Harbour Helipad to make a keynote address at the International Convention Centre,” Dr Schwartz said.
“There’s no doubt that this infrastructure would significantly benefit Sydney’s business and convention profile and provide delegates attending the ICC and Sydney CBD the highest security, while also ensuring disruptions to city traffic are minimised.”
The new helipad will involve construction on the roof of the 38-storey hotel, which is adjacent to the International Convention Centre (ICC).
There are two existing helipad services outside of Sydney’s CBD, in Bankstown and Mascot.
Dr Schwartz said the new heliport will help bring Sydney in line with some of the world’s premier CBD destinations.
“The world’s great cities—such as London, Paris and New York—have CBD helipads, and even Melbourne offers city helicopter transfers to the River Yarra helipad.