Melbourne Airport Third Runway
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Melbourne Airport is proposing to construct a third runway,
Two options are being considered:
- An east-west facing runway, located two kilometres to the south of the existing east-west runway.
- A north-south runway parallel to the existing north-south runway
The proposed runway will 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.
Melbourne Airport is expected to determine the orientation of the third runway and commence planning for the project in December 2019.
2025: Intended start of operation of the third runway
2021/22: Construction to commence, pending government approvals
27 June 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. Consultations will extend through to the end of 2019.
November 2018: Melbourne Airport decided to delay submission of the draft MDP to the Federal Government in order to undertake additional analysis on the project.
July 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 include detailed planning documents and consider the runway's impact on the community.
20 November 2017: 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.
23 December 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.
Melbourne Airport expects to undertake detailed work on the third runway and prepare a Preliminary Draft MDP in 2020. This will then be put on exhibition in 2021 with construction to follow in 2021/22
Approval is required from the Commonwealth Government through a MDP for construction of the new runway. The MDP includes detailed planning documents and consider the runway's impact on the community.
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, however this will not be needed until after 2038.
Last reviewed: 18/10/2019