New runway project expenditure
  • Thursday 01 September 2011

Sunshine Coast Council has committed $2.4 million in this current financial year and a further $2.4 million in the 2012/13 financial year to complete an Environmental Impact Statement for the new East-West runway at Sunshine Coast Airport.

The new $250 million runway, due for completion in 2020, will provide a significant boost to the economy of the Sunshine Coast. This includes a contribution of $1.6 billion and an additional 5000 jobs, as estimated by economists Price Waterhouse Coopers.

The new runway will enable the latest generation of wide bodied passenger aircraft to directly access destinations throughout Australia, the Pacific, the west coast of the United States and the rapidly growing markets in India and China.

It is expected that the new runway when completed will have the added benefit of reducing aircraft noise over established urban areas.

Council has also committed $350,000 for the design of terminal modifications that will enable the airport to process trans-Tasman flights in the longer term, as well as enable more space for passengers to circulate throughout the terminal as passenger numbers are expected to grow.

Division 8 and Major Projects Portfolio Councillor Debbie Blumel said this project is an example of infrastructure investment that enhances the competitive advantage of the Sunshine Coast as a tourist destination.

"The construction of two new helipads at the north-western end of the airside area at a cost of $90,000 will significantly decrease the noise impact from Helicopter operations associated with flight training at the Airport," Cr Blumel said.

"This project is in response to community feedback from residents around the airport and is designed to relieve some of the noise impact, particularly for night time operations by aircraft."