Melbourne Airport Third Runway

Detailed Planning
Melbourne Airport Third Runway

Melbourne Airport is proposing the construction of a third runway. The runway will be three kilometres metres long, in a north-south alignment, parallel to the existing north-south runway. The proposed runway will be capable of handling all aircraft types.

Major works include:

  • construction of a new three-kilometre north-south runway
  • shortening the existing east-west runway from 2.3 kilometres to 1.9 kilometres
  • construction of alternate access to the Airservices compound via a tunnel under new cross-field taxiways
  • lighting and navigational aids
  • construction of tunnelled access road to Airservices compound
  • construction zones to support the project, including access roads
  • provision for new Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Service facilities, and
  • associated site works, including stormwater and drainage networks.

Key Dates

2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2026 Expected Construction Completion


Procuring Agency: Melbourne Airport
Related contracts:
Construction advisors
Successful Tenderer - A McConnell Dowell and Lendlease Joint Venture.

Successful Tenderer - Beca, Arup and Airbiz.


Dec 2013 Melbourne Airport’s 2013 Master Plan was approved by the Federal Government, which proposes an east-west runway as the third runway for the airport.
Nov 2017 A McConnell Dowell and Lendlease Joint Venture was appointed as advisor by Melbourne Airport to progress the approvals process and finalise design work for the runway development.
Jul 2018 The preliminary draft Major Development Plan (MDP) went on exhibition. The MDP is expected to be submitted for Ministerial approval in late 2018. Approval is required from the Commonwealth Government (through a MDP) for the new runway. The MDP includes detailed planning documents and considers the runway's impact on the community.
Nov 2018 Melbourne Airport decided to delay submission of the draft MDP to the Federal Government in order to undertake additional analysis on the project.
Jun 2019 Melbourne Airport announced the third runway would be subject for a period of further technical consultation following a review of the proposed east-west alignment suggesting the north-south alignment could provide better value in the near term.
Nov 2019 After reviewing two options, Melbourne Airport announced their preference for a north-south alignment of the third runway. The technical planning review deemed the north-south orientation to provide superior outcomes in terms of availability, capacity, long-term investment profile and community impacts.
Feb 2022 Melbourne Airport’s Third Runway Major Development Plan (MDP) was put on public exhibition, closing 16 May.
Jun 2022 Beca, Arup and Airbiz were appointed to manage the design of Melbourne Airport’s Third Runway.
Estimated Total Cost
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Victoria |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (near-term, 0-5 years)