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Just what every airport needs to have ... a second runway

and also needs to have a thread (or at least one that can be found)

https://www.sunshinecoastairport.com.au/corporate/expansion-project/project-background/



After some years its going ahead.

Key airport project 11 years in the making will generate 2200 jobs
Brisbane Times, Tony Moore, 28 February 2018 — 10:08pm
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/bu...-will-generate-2200-jobs-20180228-p4z27e.html

A decade after being put onto the drawing board, work on a 2½-kilometre second airport runway tipped to generate 2200 jobs and $4 billion in revenue will begin on Thursday morning on the Sunshine Coast

Thursday morning, Sunshine Coast Council will announce civil infrastructure giant John Holland Group will build the runway at the Marcoola airport

The new runway will cost about $225 million be finished by Christmas 2020.It has taken 11 years for the Sunshine Coast Council to name a builder for the 2.45 kilometre-long and 45-metre-wide runway.
The idea began in 2007. Then, the council won public approval at the Sunshine Coast elections in March 2016, Queensland government approval in May 2016 and federal government approval in July 2016.

Changes to the project since it was first planned in 2007 show 3500 fewer homes will be impacted by aircraft noise from the new north-west aligned runway when it is operating in 2020. It will allow additional flights and up to 2 million extra visitors to and from New Zealand, Bali, Singapore, the Western Pacific, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide and Canberra.

Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson said it was the largest construction project awarded by the Sunshine Coast Council and would allow larger aircraft to fly in and out of the Sunshine Coast. “The new runway will accommodate larger, more fuel-efficient aircraft and open up direct access for the Sunshine Coast to more Australian cities, to international markets in Asia and the Western Pacific and in turn drive significant economic growth,” Cr Jamieson said.
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John Holland Group takes possession of the Marcoola airport site within several weeks. Dredging work was expected to begin in mid-2018.
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See also:
Construction group awarded $225m Coast airport upgrade
Sunshine Coast Daily, Stuart Cumming, 1st Mar 2018 8:16 AM | Updated: 2:58 PM
https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com....roup-awarded-225m-coast-airport-upgr/3349253/


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South East Queensland is really fortunate to have 4 major airports capable of international flights all owned by seperate operators, some take heart that the competing airports detract from the overall passenger number at Brisbane, but greater competition and variety in the number of providers can only be a positive thing in the long term.
 

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South East Queensland is really fortunate to have 4 major airports capable of international flights all owned by seperate operators, some take heart that the competing airports detract from the overall passenger number at Brisbane, but greater competition and variety in the number of providers can only be a positive thing in the long term.
Really we have 6 airports: BNE (Major), OOL (Major), CNS (Major), TSV (Minor), WTB (Minor), MCY (Minor). Sorry that is for whole state not just SEQ
 

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Bit of an update on the new runway.:)

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has just released the latest update on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, saying that the construction contractor John Holland Pty Ltd is on site and preparations for sand placement for the new runway are well underway.

On track to be completed and commissioned by Christmas 2020, the Sunshine Coast Airport’s new runway will open the Sunshine Coast up to the world,” said the council.

Council’s Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project will deliver a new longer and wider runway compliant with regulatory standards, a half-length parallel taxiway, expanded apron, perimeter road and significant drainage channels.

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project is located inside the existing airport site at Marcoola.

Project facts

New runway 2,450 meters long and 45 meters wide;
$4.1 billion contribution to Gross Regional Product (2020 – 2040);
Potential to reach new destinations at home and abroad;
63 hectares of land will be rehabilitated to offset ecological impacts;
2,230 new full-time direct and indirect jobs by 2040;
https://www.dredgingtoday.com/2018/...ate-preparations-for-sand-placement-underway/





Also a bit of an anomaly is that for the month of Sept there was more pax from MEL than SYD, most likely to do with school holiday timings but still surprising non the less and the first time its happened I believe.

22 Melbourne - Sunshine Coast 54.3 15.4
25 Sunshine Coast - Sydney 50.0 -0.1
 

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^^Yeah thats possibly a factor for some of the growth. I just checked and NSW didnt start holidays for a week later so id imagine it will revert back in October.
Could lead to Qantas restarting flights to/from MEL like they recently did with SYD.
 

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The new runway is possiblly on track to open in a few weeks, depending on what happens with coronavirus of course..

“While the runway construction work will be completed by 21 May 2020, the wet weather delay has put back the ability to undertake technical assessments and complete quality documentation required to open the runway on that date,” Mr Ullman said.
“Mandatory contractual documentation and certification required to ensure its safe operation will now occur post that date and prior to handover to the Sunshine Coast Airport.
“As a result, the new runway will now be operational on 14 June 2020, subject to weather and COVID-19 not disrupting the program.
“Any such disruptions to the program may mean the June 14 date will not be able to be met and programming will have to be reviewed.
“The existing runway will remain active and in use until the new runway is operational.





 

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In the medium term (say 2-3 years), if AirAsiaX survives, perhaps a combined OOL (x4 weekly) / MCY (x3 weekly) combined SEQ daily schedule may be useful for the budget travellers.

Also gives people on the Brisbane Northside just an option of just over an hours drive to MCY as well as the drive down to OOL.
 

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In the medium term (say 2-3 years), if AirAsiaX survives, perhaps a combined OOL (x4 weekly) / MCY (x3 weekly) combined SEQ daily schedule may be useful for the budget travellers.

Also gives people on the Brisbane Northside just an option of just over an hours drive to MCY as well as the drive down to OOL.
I don't think MCY could sustain 3 weekly maybe 5 and 2.
 

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New airport runway is now open, all that's now needed is flights.

The handover was 2 days ago. No community open day. Test flight landed today.

Revised opening date for new runway
Sunshine Coast Council has advised the new runway at Sunshine Coast Airport is now due to open on 14 June 2020, subject to weather and the impacts of COVID-19.
Official handover of the new runway & associated infrastructure to the Sunshine Coast Airport.
12th Jun, 2020 by Charles Hodgson View News

First flight lands at Sunshine Coast Airport's new runway
 

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They sort of got their first international flight last night via BNE with Air Charter X E-190 landing there after clearing customs in BNE.It came from Medan via BNE.
Good on the Sunny Coast a very nice part of the world.The first of 2 new runways in SE QLD in one month is exceptional.
This will allow YBSU to DRW and PER flights to happen now.
 

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The new runway at MCY should also enable the removal of load restrictions on the existing seasonal AKL-MCY TransTasman flights. Certain flights to/from NZ on the old runway had to be load restricted depending on weather conditions.

Also as per stated by others, it should enable new domestic medium haul 737 flights to PER/DRW (without load restrictions) as well, although I can't see demand from MCY to DRW. MCY-PER perhaps seasonally at the most - JQ was flying a single daily between OOL-PER and IIRC was struggling to fill that prior to COVID.
 
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