Sinkhole today, strong southerly or northerly winds or god forbid, an accident, closing the runway for perhaps days
There is no plan B
Oh please, thousands of airports all around the world operate with one runway. There is no Plan B for those airports either. And with the old runway, strong easterly or westerly winds didn't seem to limit its use, so why should strong southerly or northerly winds adversely affect 13/31?
Low cloud, low visibility and excessive crosswinds regularly saw diversions....
MCY had 2 runways, admittedly one was only suitable for the GA boys and girls though
Why rip up the old one?
Just to sell some land for a quick cashy
There was no other reason
So these thousands of other airports with only one runway, or even 2 parallel runways, were mostly born this way and did not have a cross runway only to rip it out
Going from 2 runways to 1 may well be sustainable for now, but look ahead a little by looking back
1980s 1 x EWA F27 daily 30,000 pax P/A
2018 8 x VA / JQ / ANZ 737 / A320 off peak and 16 daily peak 1,000,000 pax P/A
2022 14-16 x VA / JQ / ANZ / QF 717 / 737 / A320 off peak and 22 daily peak estimated 2,000,000 pax P/A
2023 ANZ goes year round, Bonza adds another 5 flights per day likely 20 / day off peak and 30 / day peak likely 3,000,000 pax P/A
Population growth on the Sunny Coast is one of the fastest in the country, growing by close to 10% year on year
Mostly from Sydney and Melbourne, so family connections will drive more growth
It wont be long before destinations such as
Perth, Bali, Fiji and more destinations in NZ are added
SQ may even have a look for European connections
By 2030 there could well be over 5,000,000 P/A
Eclipsing todays numbers at airports such as
So why dig up and sell off a major asset for a quick buck?