Melbourne Airport has announced the preferred orientation for its third runway which will be included in the airport’s draft Master Plan to be published for public comment in early 2013.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff, said the airport proposed the construction of a new east-west runway to provide additional capacity for the forecast growth in aircraft movements at Melbourne Airport by the end of this decade.
“The Melbourne Airport draft Master Plan envisages that a new runway will be needed around 2018-2022 to meet the demand from domestic and international airlines as the number of passengers travelling through Melbourne continues to grow.
“Passenger numbers are forecast to reach 40 million by the end of the decade, and more than 60 million by 2033.”
The proposed third runway will operate in parallel to the existing east-west runway (RWY 09/27) as well as the existing north-south runway (RWY 16/34). The new runway will be approximately 3000 metres in length and 60 metres wide. It will be capable of handling aircraft up to the size of an A380.
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The preference will be delineated in the upcoming submission of the new masterplan (scheduled for 2013).
From the current 2008 Master Plan:
If the Vic.Gov's purpose of spruiking of AVV was to make MEL pull its finger out, recent releases from APAM seem to hint at just that - previously had the "preference" for a rail link outlined (along with a massive roadway expansion!), plans for the new T3 & T4 are slowly making their way out... it's interesting when competition is thrown into the mix.
The 2008 masterplan (remembering this is going to be replaced next year - what this announcement is a precursor to) had both the 09/27 runways in their ultimate vision (a couple of decades in the future) only having one of the runways used for take off and landing and the other just one mode at any one time - from the existing 2008 plan: