The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project (Sunshine Coast Council) represents the ongoing development of an airport that has been operating and evolving for more than 50 years. As the region continues to grow, the airport must expand to meet the needs of the community and to continue to support the development of the region’s economy.
The expansion project will deliver a new 2450m x 45m runway compliant with regulatory standards, runway end taxiway loops, an expanded apron and terminal facilities, new access roads and utilities. The new runway is due to commence operation on 14 June 2020 subject to weather and COVID-19 not disrupting the program.
The project will enable direct flights to more destinations across Australia, Asia and the Western Pacific, enhancing national and global connections. It will generate jobs and economic growth, boost tourism, help export businesses and secure air access to the Sunshine Coast for generations to come.
The Queensland State Coordinator-General’s report delivered on 19 May 2016 approved the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project and confirmed the project will deliver major economic and social benefits to the region. Any adverse environmental impacts can be acceptably avoided, minimised, mitigated or offset through the implementation of the measure and proponent commitments outline in the EIS documentation.
On 18 July 2016 the Commonwealth Government provided approval to construct and operate a new runway, revised apron and expanded passenger terminal at the Sunshine Coast Airport and in November 2016 announced a $181 million Federal Government Concessional Loan to assist.