Following a meeting between the Western Australian Treasurer and Transport Minister, Troy Buswell and Brad Geatches, the CEO of Perth Airport it has been announced that PER could have a third runway operational by late 2017.
Under the 2009 Master Plan a third - and second parallel - runway was seen as not being necessary until 2029. However, fueled by a mining boom and increasing population, passenger numbers have increased by 40% over the last few years with a similar increase in aircraft movements.
Brad Geatches has stated, "Perth Airport is proceeding on a path of design and consultation that would, subject to agreements and approvals, see the third runway delivered by the end of 2017, at the earliest."
In the meantime the airport will conduct preliminary negotiations on the project with airlines by April. Then there will be the usual planning and environmental approvals, which will take up to two years. If there are no hold-ups, construction should start in 2015.
About thirty years ago Grogan Road was closed on the grounds that the land was needed for a new runway. You can't rush these things.