Twenty-year growth strategy outlined by authorities
Plans for a third runway are among the proposed developments set out in the first draft of the Melbourne Airport Master Plan. Designed to respond to the ever-increasing amount of traffic through Australia’s second busiest air travel hub, the plan also features improvements to the transport and air-side infrastructure already in place at Tullamarine, Melbourne’s international airport.
Melbourne Airport welcomed over 27 million passengers through its four terminals last year alone, over twice as many as 15 years ago, and projections suggest that number will almost double once again by 2030. The two runways currently in operation are expected to reach maximum capacity within a decade, so authorities have proposed a third strip parallel to the existing east-west one.
Furthermore, construction of an elevated loop road is hoped to begin in two years’ time, alongside a rail link and other upgrades to road links and terminal facilities. The Master Plan also features environmental policies and a strategy to accommodate noise and associated disruptions likely to affect local residents.
An updated draft will be submitted to the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Transport later this year, then airport operator Australia Pacific Airports must await approval of their plans.
The Melbourne-Sydney route is the world’s fifth most traveled air passenger journey and a popular flight for time-limited vacationers to Australia.
Full details of the proposed Master Plan can be found here.