The existing main runway, Runway 18/36, at Sunshine Coast Airport first opened in 1961 and has been instrumental in the development of the Sunshine Coast economy over the past 55 years. The challenge for Sunshine Coast Council is to ensure the airport can support a growing Sunshine Coast economy. As identified in the 2007 Sunshine Coast Airport Master Plan, the current runway infrastructure, due to its length and width, 1,797 m x 30 m, constrains airline services available to Sunshine Coast residents.
In adopting the 2007 Sunshine Coast Airport Master Plan, Sunshine Coast Council determined that the preferred option for the future of Sunshine Coast Airport was to develop a new, fully compliant main runway of 2,450 m x 45 m, aligned in a south-east and north-west direction.
A possible change of orientation for the airport’s main runway has been discussed since the early 1980s. The length and width of the existing runway were recognised as constraints to growth in passenger numbers, destination and freight capacity.
In 2012 the State and Commonwealth governments issued the terms of reference for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with respect to the project.
The Environmental Impact Statement process was concluded in July 2016 with the project being approved subject to conditions.
It is proposed that the construction of the new runway and associated facilities will be complete and operational during 2020.
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.