Queensland’s airport expansion project receives environmental approval

WCN Editorial Team 23 May 2016 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The state government of Queensland has announced the environmental approval for the AUD347M ($251.1M) Sunshine Coast Airport runway expansion in Australia.


The expansion project will include a new 2,450m by 45m wide east-west runway, capable of servicing aircraft such as the Airbus A330, Boeing 787 and Boeing 777.

It will also include proposed changes to airspace and flight paths, two end taxiway loops, navigational aids and expansion of the existing apron, an air traffic control tower and aircraft rescue and fire-fighting services station.

Queensland minister for state development and natural resources and mines Anthony Lynham said: “This project opens up the region to more national and international destinations such as Singapore and Perth and has the potential to bring almost half a million more visitors a year to the coast by 2040.

“Most importantly, this will generate 1,500 more ongoing jobs by 2040, more than 80 construction jobs and an estimated $140 million-plus boost to regional economic activity during construction.

“That represents business opportunities for local construction, manufacturing and professional services companies in the region.”

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