Sunshine Coast Airport Set for Take-off

The visionary $303 million international runway project at the Sunshine Coast Airport is well underway to receive larger aircraft and connect to international hubs.

On track to be completed and commissioned by Christmas 2020, the Sunshine Coast Airport's new runway will open the Sunshine Coast up to the world. In addition to existing Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft, it is designed for larger planes such as the A330, A359(900) and B787 Dreamliner. This means direct flights will be achievable from Asian hubs, as well as Pacific destinations, including Hawaii. This will be a game-changer for business, jobs and export. Although the list of airlines expected to use at the airport is confidential, it is no secret that authorities are keen to do business with Singapore, Hong Kong and Christchurch NZ.

The length, width and orientation of the existing runway were recognised as limiting future growth in passenger numbers, destinations and freight capacity three decades ago. A key factor is the development of a new longer main runway, aligned in a south-east/north-west direction. It will be 2450m long and 45m wide. The existing secondary runway (RWY 12/30) will be closed and revised flight paths established with the commissioning of the new runway.

Main components of the project

  • A new longer and wider Code E runway aligned to the north-west/south-east (RWY 13/31)
  • A parallel taxiway (half length)
  • An expansion of the apron at the existing terminal 
  • New runway 2,450 metres long and 45 metres wide
  • $4.1 billion contribution to Gross Regional Product (2020 - 2040)
  • Potential to reach new destinations at home and abroad
  • 63 hectares of land will be rehabilitated to offset ecological impacts
  • 2,230 new full-time direct and indirect jobs by 2040
  • 3,500 fewer dwellings affected by five or more aircraft noise events of 70 decibels or more in 2020
  • in 2040 5,000 fewer dwellings affected by five or more aircraft noise events of 70 decibels or more
  • potential to attract up to 2,000,000 passengers to the Sunshine Coast annually.


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