Thanks for all the replies in regards to Sydney Kingsford Smith. I never intended to get so many responses on the issue.
I love Sydney, it's an awesome city with a cool airport. But I don't understand why they need a second airport. SYD
has independent parallel runways, allowing for simultaneous takeoffs and landings. Add in the 3rd cross-field runway, with procedures to "shoot the gap", like they do with intersecting runways at LGA
, and SYD
essentially has 3 runways which can be used at the same time. Either 2 for landing and one for takeoff, or 2 for takeoff and one for landing.
Is this not the case? Are there severe noise abatement procedures preventing the 3 runways from being used at the same time? Are the controllers a lot more conservative when it comes to spacing? Someone down there please fill me in, because with the exising runway layout it would appear that SYD
has more runway capacity than LHR
, and many others.
A simple answer is the residents. When runway 16L/34R opened up for operations back in the mid 90's there was a protest against the way Sydney Airport wanted to operate. The plan was to close runway 07/25 completely & ONLY be used as a taxiway & when the crosswinds are really strong. One runway was to be allocated for Take-offs & the other for Landings.
This is just the beginning!
Due to the protests the NEW
runway was to be used during the peak period or when the caps passed 50 movements a hour. Protests continued & the next phase was for any aircraft using either runway 34L or 34R had TOO & still is required to backtrack to the final holding point of each runway (example; B737's in normal operations required to taxi half way down runway 34L). Aircraft that depart runway 34R are required to make a sharp right turn on a heading of 070.
These are just SOME of the many strict rules that have to be followed Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport & is one of the reasons Sydney requires a 2nd airport.
CONJESTION! Congestion is a big problem at Sydney cause it simply has nowhere else to expand. It has land available towards the south of Terminal 2 (Old Ansett Terminal), but its simply not enough!
The CURFEW was lifted at SYD
. With no aircraft movements before 6am, except for early morning arrivals on runway 34L. No aircraft movements after 11pm unless with special clearance & depart ONLY towards the South (runway 16R or 16L).
Kingsford made a good point! Build it out in the sea! I would love to see that too!
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