Melbourne Airport Third Runway
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Preferred bidder announced
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Melbourne Airport is proposing to construct a third runway, to be located two kilometres to the south of the existing east-west runway.
The proposed runway will be east-west facing, three kilometres in length and 60 metres in width, and be capable of handling all aircraft types.
It is also proposed that the existing east-west runway be extended from 2.2 kilometres to three kilometres and widened from 45 to 60 metres.
Approval is required from the Commonwealth Government through a Major Development Plan (MDP), which will include detailed planning documents and consider the runway's impact on the community. The preliminary draft MDP went on exhibition in July 2018, with the MDP expected to be submitted for Ministerial approval in late 2018.
Melbourne Airport expects to develop the MDP over 2018/19 and, subject to Government approval, begin construction on the project as early as 2019. The runway is planned to be operational between 2022-2024.
A McConnell Dowell/Lendlease Joint Venture has been appointed as advisor by Melbourne Airport to progress the approvals process and finalise design work for the runway development.
Infrastructure Australia list the project as a near term (1-5 years) Priority Initiative on its Infrastructure Priority List.
In addition to the third runway, Melbourne Airport foresees the need for a fourth runway, parallel to the existing north-south runway, however this will not be needed until after 2038.
Last reviewed: 01/08/2018