Project overview
  • Last updated:
  • 21 May 2020

Construction of the new runway started in March 2019 and is scheduled for completion in late 2020.

It includes:

  • a new 2450m long by 45m wide north-west/south-east runway, capable of servicing aircraft such as the A350 and B787
  • a parallel taxiway (half length)
  • proposed changes to airspace and flight paths
  • an expansion of the apron at the existing terminal.

Benefit to our region

When complete, the new runway will provide access for our region to the world.

  • 2230 new full-time jobs by 2040 (direct and indirect)
  • potential to attract over 2,000,000 passengers annually
  • helps boost tourism and local exporters
  • fewer dwellings affected by aircraft noise (based on five or more events of 70 or more decibels)
  • 3500 fewer dwellings by 2020 and 5000 fewer dwellings by 2040
  • potential to reach new destinations at home and abroad
  • $4.1 billion contribution to Gross Regional Product (2020-2040).

Project scope

The 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 length, width and orientation of the existing runway were recognised as limiting future growth in passenger numbers, destinations and freight capacity in the early 1980s. The challenge for Sunshine Coast Council is to ensure the airport can support a growing Sunshine Coast economy.

In adopting the 2007 Sunshine Coast Airport (SCA) Master Plan, Council determined the preferred option for the future of the airport was to develop a new longer main runway, aligned in a south-east/north-west direction.

The project also includes:

  • augmentation of the current traffic control tower by Airservices Australia
  • runway and taxiways of fine crushed rock pavement with asphalt surfacing
  • concrete pavement on new apron bays
  • dredged sand embankment
  • bitumen surfaced perimeter road
  • significant drainage channels
  • lighting to be medium intensity LED
  • biodiversity offset areas.

The terminal expansion is no longer in the project’s scope and will be delivered by the airport operator, Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd.