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CANBERRA, Feb 11 AAP

February 11 2013, 10:08AM

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has ruled out Newcastle as a location for second airport to service Sydney.

A poll, published in The Daily Telegraph on Monday, found three out of four people wanted a second airport for Sydney, with a third favouring Newcastle as the location.

Mr Albanese said people realised a second airport was needed sooner rather than later.

"They know congestion to and from the airport is getting worse," he told Sky News.

"They know it's constrained by its size and its location."

But while Newcastle and the central coast needed additional capacity, Sydney needed its own second airport.

"What we'll see in coming decades is a massive expansion in aviation activity," Mr Albanese.

His plan is to build a second airport at Wilton in Sydney's southwest, an option just four per cent preferred in the poll.

In March 2012, a joint federal and NSW government study found doing nothing to increase Sydney's airport capacity could have dire consequences.

It recommended proceeding with a new airport at Badgery's Creek in Sydney's west and lifting the limit of 80 aircraft movements per hour.

The federal government rejected both recommendations.