Melbourne Airport runway map takes off | the islander
Melbourne Airport’s long-standing plans for a third runway will be made public.
Plans for the 3,000m north-south track will be unveiled on Monday and made available for viewing until May 16.
The $1.9 billion project is expected to increase the airport’s capacity by 136,500 take-offs and landings each year.
Planning maps show noise from the new runway will impact north and west Melbourne, but Melbourne Airport chief executive Lyell Strambi told reporters on Monday that some suburbs could actually experience less noise.
“There’s no doubt that extra activity brings more noise to the surroundings, but it really depends on where you live,” he said.
There are even fewer flights going on than usual due to COVID-19, with weekend activity at half of usual levels.
Despite this, Melbourne Airport expects annual passenger numbers to grow to over 76 million by 2042.
Melbourne Airport says the extra runway will make it easier for flights to depart and arrive on time, and prevent shutdowns in high winds.
It is also expected to attract new international airlines to Tullamarine, which will lead to more direct flights to international cities.
Construction could begin as early as 2023 with planes taking off from the runway in 2027 at the earliest.
The project will mean construction jobs for approximately 650 people over the four to five years of construction.
Australian Associated Press