Guest Article - New Runway Project

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Perth Airport is moving closer to realising its long-held ambition of bringing all aviation services into one central location with plans for a new $520 million parallel runway.

The New Runway Project will see the creation of around 500 construction jobs and is expected to inject almost $2 billion into the tourism sector in its first two decades of operation.

Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown says the new runway is essential to unlock the full economic potential of the airport and the State.

“There’s growing confidence in the WA economy and we’re starting to see the resources sector take off again with major projects from BHP, FMG and Rio Tinto,” Mr Brown said.

“We also have estimates that international passenger numbers will grow by around 50 per cent over the next decade. We’re targeting direct flights to Europe, Tokyo, Shanghai and India and we need to ramp up our efforts to attract a bigger share of the international student market.

“We are really confident about the outlook for the WA economy and this project will give us the flexibility and the capacity to meet future demand.

“It will also complement our plan to upgrade the international terminal and integrate a new domestic terminal to bring Qantas into the Airport Central precinct. This will give our airline customers greater efficiencies and give them the confidence to grow their services into WA. It will also deliver a simple, stress-free travel experience for passengers and the community.”

The project is currently going through a community consultation phase before being submitted to the Commonwealth government for approval by June 2019.

Peak industry groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, The Australian Hotels Association, the Tourism Council, StudyPerth, and the Perth Convention Bureau have thrown their support behind the project.

Mr Brown said there was broad recognition of the benefits of the new runway.

“A new runway means new flight paths and we understand not everyone is going to be thrilled about that,” he said.

“We’re out in the community talking with residents about the project, explaining the benefits and addressing any concerns they have.

“The backing from industry has been fantastic and public survey results show that 80 per cent of the community support the building of the runway.

 “It’s a long process but it’s vital that industry and the community have confidence in what we’re doing.”

Companies or members of the public who wish to learn more about the project or make a submission can do so here.


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