Early planning
  • Last updated:
  • 31 Aug 2021

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project didn’t just happen overnight. It’s been a long time in the making. 

From its humble beginnings in 1961, the Sunshine Coast Airport has supported the region’s economic growth. It has become one of the busiest regional airports in Australia.

In September 2018, Sunshine Coast Airport became Australia’s fastest growing airport in terms of passenger number growth, according to Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). From 2017 to 2018 the airport recorded 12.3% growth in passenger movements. It hit a new record of 41 consecutive months of growth, from June 2015 to October 2018.

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project represents the ongoing development of an airport that has been operating and evolving for more than 55 years. It is the realisation of a long-term plan to grow and the region’s passenger and freight connectivity to other destinations.

The first stage of the new runway and most of the new aprons and taxiways are scheduled to open in May 2020. The remaining taxiways, aprons, and associated works will be completed by December 2020.